by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Are you too shy to attempt to pick up women at bars? Too scared of rejection? Worried that if you buy a woman a drink she’ll throw it in your face? Or better yet–just can’t tear yourself away from your computer long enough to go to a bar? Well, now you don’t have to!
GetThemIn is “the first online application” that lets you buy drinks for someone over the Internet. Let’s break this down: you buy someone a virtual drink, which they then redeem for a real drink while you’re not there. Correct me if I’m wrong about this, but isn’t buying someone a drink in a bar just a socially acceptable pretext for declaring your desire for closer contact?
Now clueless romantics who spend too much time on Facebook can practice their social niceties with none of the risk and none of the benefit. Well, maybe a small amount of each. After all, you could buy a girl a drink and she could immediately change her Facebook status to “is laughing so hard because [your name] thinks he has a chance with her.” Or maybe she will track you down and insist that you join her in the real world for said drink (at which point, wouldn’t it have made more sense to just buy her one in person in the first place?).
I was hoping to get a look at the application myself to see how it works, but apparently it’s only in the UK for now, set to launch in North America in a few weeks. Come to think of it, with all of the celebrities/politicians/etc. who are getting onto Facebook now, perhaps there is another use for this service: how would you like to be able to say that you bought Obama a drink?