Bailouts aren’t just for big financial institutions and Detroit anymore.Â¬â€ Now, when you’re on a blind date and you just need to get out of it, there’s EscapeMyDate.com.Â¬â€ This might be the coolest idea the Web has ever produced.Â¬â€ Except maybe for the Onion News, but it’s at least a close second.
Now that online dating is not really that unusual and is even socially acceptable, this kind of tool could come in handy much more often.Â¬â€ Most of us have been there at one time or another, though.Â¬â€ You meet at a restaurant or a coffee shop for a first encounter with a blind date.Â¬â€ When he or she arrives, you start hearing Iron Maiden in your head screaming “Run for the hills!”
It’s a simple idea and is based on one of the oldest frat boy tactics in the book.Â¬â€ Basically, while on your date, you get a phone call.Â¬â€ If the date is going well, you can ignore it or blow the caller off.Â¬â€ If the date isn’t going well, you answer it and have an “emergency” to react to and inform your date that you have to cancel.
Easy, quick, and generally believable.Â¬â€ Especially if you start the conversation by telling your blind date that you’re a fireman or doctor or something.Â¬â€ Or in charge of an entire Google server bank, maybe.Â¬â€ Depends on how thick your glasses are, I guess.
At any event, if you don’t respond to the call, people could die.Â¬â€ Or at least be seriously disappointed.
The site works pretty simply.Â¬â€ You sign in with your Twitter account, create a profile, and ad friends you’d like to be able to phone you to save you during a bad get-together.
The downer is that you have to sneak a direct message from your Twitter account to the site in order to get your “get me out of here” call.Â¬â€ Your friends are then notified and if they don’t respond within five minutes, the site just calls you itself automatically.
What I would do is set up an auto-tweet DM to be sent while you’re on your hookup.Â¬â€ That way you don’t have to come up with an excuse to need to send a tweet while there with your unlucky date.
For some people, this is definitely a cool idea (or a bad, depending on your situation, I guess).