Online dating and phone number
Burner's CEO Greg Cohn told me that people use the app for a lot more than online dating.Some use it on Etsy, on Craigslist, at networking events, and for business calls.It's hard to say whether the app kept my online interactions going longer because I don't know how things would have turned out had I not given out the number.That said, here's what happened when I tried giving out my number sooner than I normally would on three different apps with the security that Burner afforded me.People just can't work up the energy to craft a clever message without any guaranteed return on investment.As I started to realize these aimless conversations were the rule on dating sites rather than the exception, I wondered how to prevent them and save everyone time.You may want to strip out this location information before you upload your pictures to a dating site, or send them to a potential date.
In that previous scenario, I just blocked the harasser's number, but a representative from Burner told me that some people want more security than the ability to block a number.
First, I gave out my Burner number to someone from Coffee Meets Bagel after it became clear that we had common professional and intellectual interests.
I did not receive his initial text, so I pinged him again as our Coffee Meets Bagel communication line was about to close (the app only lets people message each other during the first few weeks after they're matched).
When you take "selfies" with your cell phone camera, you not only take a picture of yourself but if your phone is configured to allow location tagging, then the geolocation where you took the picture also gets recorded in the picture's metadata.
You can't see this location in the picture itself, but there are applications that can read and display this metadata for other people to see.