Is taking crowdsourcing to a whole new level?

It’s a pretty common behavior for a group of girls to get together and discuss their love lives by sharing what their romantic interests have texted them or how they’ve acted around each other. This is an absolutely normal, and sometimes helpful, case especially when your girlfriends may have met the guy in question. The website takes this familiar concept and turns it into a place for people to ask complete strangers to help decode text messages received. Is this a whole new level of crowdsourcing, or should you keep your personal life in your, well, personal world?

HeTexted exampleDon’t get us wrong, it’s not like people haven’t flocked to the Internet to ask random life questions to get the opinions of total strangers before. We’ve seen it happen in relationship forums, Yahoo! Answers, health blogs, et cetera. However, bills itself as “the first Q&A service dedicated to dating questions” and we wonder how much of this advice can you trust? After all, how is someone supposed to give you dating opinions about people they’ve never met before? Are humans really that simple?

Hetexted screenshotThe site works like this: You screencap a text message you’re curious about and submit it to the site. When it’s published, the public has their opportunity to vote that the text means “he’s into you,” “he’s not into you,” or “verdict is still out” (whatever this means. Maybe they just think you should get out of the house). Members can also comment on the post to give their thoughts, or users can “Ask a bro” to get a male point of view on the subject. I gotta say, sifting through several of these post and I’m rather surprised how mature and sincere some of the advices are. Maybe this is an upgrade from the trolls on Yahoo! Answers after all. Some of it aren’t even about what he texted, but what he didn’t. Can’t live with ’em, can’t without!

It’s an incredibly addicting formula, because most people are just naturally curious and nosey about other people’s love lives to see if they bare any resemblance to their own issues (or just for drama’s sake). At the same time, it’s also universalizing women in our needy, helpless ways. If you’re resorting to a website to figure out your love life, maybe it’s better to just chalk it up with the man himself. You know, communicate like grown people do? HeTexted might provide a juicy glimpse into the messy world of dating but we’re still unsure about crowdsourcing advice for something so intimate.

In the meantime, it’s just so hard not to read into the texts some of these ladies get and have a facepalm moment, thanking all that’s right in the world this is not you. We’ll just leave you behind with this gem, but you can find so many more at the source.

HeTexted lol
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Tech the halls with the best stocking stuffers from under $25 to $100

If stuffed stockings is a tradition in your home it also means scrambling to find one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out this list of our favorites.

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Social Media

#ThrowbackThursday is only the start: Instagram hashtags for every day of the week

Not getting your hashtag fill with #ThrowbackThursday or #ManCrushMonday? Here's a list of some of the more popular Instagram hashtags, so you can outfit your next post with the proper tag, regardless of what day it is.

Get electronics gifts for high-tech homes for under $100 with these deals

The holiday season is in full swing with Christmas just around the corner. New deals on interesting, fun, and practical electronic gifts under $100 from major online retailers can convert last-minute shoppers to savvy bargain hunters.

Canary home security company sued over $10 monitoring fee

A class-action lawsuit claims home security startup Canary offered free monitoring features to entice people to purchase their cameras, then started charging a monthly fee to continue using them.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Smart Home

Find good gift ideas with these small kitchen appliance deals on Amazon

Small kitchen appliances are favorite holiday gifts to give and to receive and that doesn't only mean an Instant Pot. We found excellent deals on Amazon for blenders and espresso makers plus a highly rated sous vide machine.
Smart Home

Never crawl under the tree again! Alexa, turn on the Christmas tree lights

Did you know you can make your Christmas tree smart, just like many of the other electronics and gadgets in your home? You can even create routines involving your tree. Here’s how to make a smart Christmas tree this holiday season.
Smart Home

LG will announce partnerships at CES to help give you a smart kitchen

LG is announcing a number of partnerships that will help make kitchen appliances even smarter. It is working with Drop, the makers of Kitchen OS, to create a unified kitchen experience that will make cooking easy.
Smart Home

Starbucks teams with Uber Eats for delivery from 2,000 of its U.S. stores

Starbucks has teamed up with Uber Eats to offer customers deliveries from almost a quarter of its stores in the U.S. The major expansion launches early next year, making life even easier for fans of the coffee giant.

Amazon Fire Deals: Tablets, TVs, and TV controllers in stock and ready to ship

Last-minute shoppers, and anyone seeking good deals on Amazon Fire products, are in luck. There's still time to order Fire Tablets, Fire TVs, and Fire media players, Fire CVRs, and Alexa-voice-compatible Fire remotes for Christmas delivery.
Smart Home

Best Walmart deals on Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers, espresso machines

The days till Christmas are slipping by, but these Walmart deals on Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers are prime candidates for last-minute gift selections. All four coffee makers ship for free in time to arrive before Christmas.