Some of you might have seen a throwaway comedy from the 80s called Amazon Women on the Moon
As a comedy, it wasn't all that great. But one of the vignettes, a segment usually referred to as the "Two Forms of ID" skit became quite famous. The sketch revolves around a guy showing up to pick of his blind date for the evening.
Everything seems to be going quite well for him until she asks him (sweetly) if she could see two forms of ID...
Here's the clip in case you missed the movie:http://www.youtube.c...from=PL&index=48
After you've had your chuckle (or not), you might be interested to know such a service actually exists. It's called Date Check
and it's offered by a company called Intelius. Now, thanks to advances in technology, you don't need two forms of ID - or really much of anything beyond a name, or an e-mail address, to run a background check on somebody. And you're also no longer tethered to a terminal in your home because this service can be accessed anywhere via your iPhone. Android and Blackberry support is also in the works.
Today's dating scene is tough to navigate, which is why Intelius developed DateCheck, a free mobile app that deciphers fact from fiction in the palm of your hand. Simply enter a name, phone number or email address and instantly get accurate and comprehensive results. With features like Sleaze Detector, Compatibility, Net Worth, Interests and Living Situation you can be in the know on the go. "Look up before you hook up."
Info and video link:http://www.intelius....m/mobile?trackit=188
I'm sure many more products and services like this are on the way - complete with all the privacy issues and opportunities for abuse that inevitably tag along with products like these.
Whether you're intrigued, disgusted, amused, stunned, or possibly even thinking about signing up - it's a whole new world out there.
On second thought, scratch that. It's just more of the same - except for the web access part.