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I Love You, Social Media

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and depending on your Facebook relationships status, you may feel either anticipation or anxiety. We’ve seen social media make our lives easier over the past few years and February 14th is no exception. Here are a few digital tools you can use on this most romantic of holidays:

Need help keeping the spark alive? Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher are here to help. The couple has been married since 1924, so it’s fair to say they know something about making a relationship last. Blinkbox, a UK-based on-demand television provider, has called upon their expertise for a promotion this weekend during which the pair will share their advice and answer questions on Twitter. Make sure to add @longestmarried to your Twitter feed before Saturday!

Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks? Chocolate? Yuck. Diamonds? No thanks. Why not Sweethearts with a twist? The old-school Valentine’s Day treat has reportedly introduced a new phrase. Forget the old “Love Me,” “Hug Me,” and (wait for it) “Fax Me.” This year you’ll find “Tweet Me” mixed into the bunch. Nothing says “I love you” like processed sugar.

Forgetful much? I’m sure we’ve all been witness to the bumbling boyfriend or girlfriend who can barely remember what day it is, let alone anniversaries or Valentine’s Day. For those of in need of some extra brownie points this weekend, consider adding the “Call Sweetheart” app to your iPhone. Not only can you call your significant other with the touch of a button, but you’ll have the constant reminder on your dashboard so you’ll never miss an opportunity to let them know you care.

Still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right? As explained in the book and film, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” MySpace may still be the new booty call. But Internet dating has certainly shed much of it’s stigma over the past few years. The business of Internet dating sites continues to grow at an exponential rate. In fact, eHarmony grew 20 percent in 2009 alone. If you need the assistance of a computer to find Cupid’s arrow, there is no time better than the present.

Sick of the Hallmark-Holiday? You aren’t alone! There are several anti-Valentine’s Day tweetups happening all over the world. You can also connect with other fans of Un-Valentine’s Day on Facebook . While I’d guess the anti-Valentine’s Day network may be a minority within the general population, this goes to show how social media has allowed individuals from all around the world to find common ground on a particular issue, topic or sentiment. In a sense, it is impossible to be alone this Valentine’s Day, whether you like it or not!

Whether you’re a fan or foe of February 14th, you’ll be able to find a social media tool that suits your needs. However, it might be the perfect opportunity to unplug and spend the day with those you care about. Happy Valentine’s Day and Un-Valentine’s Day!

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Has Facebook killed the blind date?

Over pints of micro-brewed beers at Pony Bar in Hell’s Kitchen, my friend eagerly dished on the many attractive qualities of his potential love interest. His college, current law school curriculum, interests, hobbies. Oh, and the fact that he’s gorgeous.

“Have you met this guy yet?” I asked. “I thought you two were being set up.”

“We are,” he said. “I Facebooked him.”

For me, that sparked an intriguing question: Has Facebook killed the blind date?

While I may be a little more than rusty when it comes to dating, I still feel fairly certain that part of the excitement when it comes to a blind date is the mystery. What is his personality like? What do we have in common? What does he look like? That is why they call it a blind date.

However, social media has allowed us all to put forth as much or as little information about ourselves as we want. From the good:

Me and the Saint Louis University Billiken. Adorable.

TO the bad:

Not exactly the best first impression for a potential date.

To the ugly:

Not me. My profile is immaculate.

Between Facebook, MySpace and the no-longer-taboo (or-is-it?) Internet dating, it is now virtually impossible to go on a true blind date. While I am partial to the old meet-your-significant-other-in-high-school, this isn’t all bad. No longer does one have to worry about awkward silences on a blind date—just think back to their profile!

“So, I heard that you are into The Arcade Fire. I heard they were coming to Madison Square Garden in January. . . blah blah blah.” Simple.

This is not to say that all blind dates will be a homerun (although my friends’ seemed to be!), but we might want to start calling them only-seen-your-profile dates.

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