iTiggy.com Takes on Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’ – Registers Over 300,000 Users Within 12 Months
NEW YORK, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — iTiggy.com (http://www.itiggy.com) is quickly becoming established as the world’s premier service for people looking to reconnect with a stranger that they fleetingly saw in public but couldn’t work up the nerve or didn’t have the time to approach.
Presently dominated by the “Missed Connections” section of online classifieds giant Craigslist, these encounters have sparked the creation of numerous services that allow users to post messages online to make up for their inability to act immediately upon a romantic impulse. Some services allow users to search for the other person according to specific details such as license plates (bump.com) or flight numbers (wemetonaplane.com), but iTiggy users can search regardless of when or where the encounter occurred.
Since its official launch in June 2011, some 300,000 people across the globe have registered with iTiggy. “The problem with using Craigslist to find a missed connection is that, being a classifieds site, there is no proper search structure. By incorporating a detailed yet extremely simple search feature, iTiggy drastically improves the experience and, more importantly, the chances that a user will find who they’re looking for,” says Daniel Hua, iTiggy CEO & Founder. “Additionally, as searches can be highly specific, a user doesn’t have to trawl through pages and pages of smut that is often seen on Craigslist.”
‘Missed connections’ posts and online dating websites are both designed to allow users to pursue relationships; how they differ is in their approach. “Traditional dating websites are becoming very stagnant. What we’re doing is completely revolutionizing the way that people find a partner,” Hua says. “And it’s working. We’ve received scores of emails with wonderful stories from people around the world.”
“I’ve used Match.com and eHarmony for a couple of years now and haven’t had too much luck,” says Deborah Kenealy, a 31-year-old sales assistant from New York City. “Things are great when we chat online but then when we meet in person things just fall a bit flat. They’re nice guys but there’s just no ‘spark.’”
Ms. Kenealy compares her experience with traditional dating websites and her experience with iTiggy: “The problem with using traditional dating websites is that because so much time and effort was spent finding that suitable person, I can’t help but feel that the initial meeting is so manufactured, even to the point of being artificial. And then when we meet for the very first time there’s just too much pressure on us to hit it off straight away.
“I was lucky enough to find a guy that I saw on the train through iTiggy. We exchanged glances and flirty smiles for most of the trip but I just didn’t have the nerve to approach him. For some time after that I couldn’t stop thinking about him. When he found my post on iTiggy we chatted for a couple of weeks and then we met for coffee. What was different this time though is that we had already shared a ‘spark’ that day on the train and we were able to build on it; the awkwardness just wasn’t there. I think that the big difference is because we had made our connection naturally whilst going about our daily lives – and I think that that’s the way romance should be. I would highly recommend iTiggy to anyone who wants a fresh and much more natural approach to finding a partner.”