Flirting used to be something we only did in person; then text messaging and Facebook were born. Now there is an entire website dedicated solely to anonymous flirtation. On Likealittle.com, you can search for your college and enter anonymous messages about a person you like in the hopes that the person will see them and will somehow know who wrote it. The site says under its “About” section: “We like to think of the site as a flirting-facilitator platform (or FFP, for advanced users). The site’s purpose is to allow you to compliment and chat about your crushes or otherwise bemoan your missed encounters from the safety of your trusty screen.”
Like a Little was started by Evan Reas, a graduate of Stanford College. He released the site in Oct. 2010 after, as he puts it, “lack of game with women.” In Reas’ design, when you post a thread, you are given a fruit name in order to keep your identity a secret. Every time you post a new thread, you receive a new fruit name.
There is a Rollins chapter for Like a Little, where you can scroll down and see posts from people sitting in the Campus Center or killing time before class in Bush. The messages range from short and cute shout-outs to longer, more detailed pronouncements about the person they like.
However, considering the fact that the site has a section clearly stating sexual harassment and sexual comments are not allowed, I am surprised at some of the things that are posted on the Rollins page. For example, someone anonymously posted: “You slurp that slushi up, baby. I’d like to see what else you can do with that mouth….” Now I know that this post may not necessarily be considered harassment, but I still find it crude and inappropriate. Actually, I find the concept of this whole website to be a little creepy. I am not sure how well known Like a Little is on campus, but judging from the amount of comments on the page, it seems a fair few are aware of it. The thought of going onto a website, listing your location, the gender and physical appearance of the people you are attracted to and leaving a “flirty” message for them that they may or may not see is a little too out there for me.
Maybe I am just old-fashioned when it comes to flirtation, but I think Like a Little takes things a little too far. Of course, I have used Facebook to find out more information about another person, but I do not sit there and leave creepy messages about how I saw them across Mills the other day or that they look good in the white shirt they wore to math. A line has to be drawn somewhere when it comes to technology mixing with our personal lives, starting with taking down stalking sites such as likealittle.com.