Is HeTexted.com taking crowdsourcing to a whole new level?

HeTexted.com

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 HeTexted.com 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, HeTexted.com 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
Product Review

We never wanted a smart doorbell, until we met Nest Hello

You can answer your door while sitting on the couch with the Nest Hello smart doorbell, which brings vision, intelligence and convenience to your doorstep.
Gaming

The best video games to gift this holiday season, from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘Hitman 2’

The holidays are quickly approaching and you might be looking for ideas on what to get your favorite gamer. Here are the best games you can buy for your gaming loved ones this holiday season.
Home Theater

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Mobile

Hinge's new feature wants to know who you've gone out on dates with

With its new "We Met" feature, Hinge wants to learn how your dates are going with matches in its app. That way, it can inject the information into its algorithm to provide future recommendations that better suit its users' preferences.
Smart Home

One in 10 smart home device owners report unresolved technical problems

According to a recent survey from Parks Associates, more than one in 10 consumers report they have experienced technical errors with their connected devices that have yet to be resolved.
Smart Home

New Nuimo Click gives one-touch control over smart home devices

Berlin-based technology company Senic has announced the Nuimo Click, a smart switch that harvests kinetic energy to power itself without the need for cables or batteries. The Nuimo Click will begin shipping in December.
Smart Home

SiriusXM, Amazon team up for two Echo Dot deals with freebies

Amazon and SiriusXM partnered on two joint promotions. New SiriusXM subscribers can receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. People who already own an Echo device can sign up for new SiriusXM subscription with the first three months free.
Emerging Tech

A Fitbit for your cat shit: Automatic litter box tracks your kitty’s health

It may look like a sci-fi teleportation chamber, but Footloose is a high-tech litter box that promises to be the most cutting-edge way for your kitty to take a dump. Here's how it works.
Smart Home

Angee’s security service switches from sales to subscriptions

Angee, a successful startup that raised nearly half a million dollars for its home security hub, has pivoted its business model to offer its home security platform as a subscription rather than a smart home product.
Emerging Tech

This 3D-printed house made of earth and rice husks costs less than an iPhone

Italian 3D-printing company WASP has just demonstrated the 3D printing of a hut structure using a combination of 3D-printed concrete and a mud-based material. All for around $1,000.
Deals

Protect yourself from germs with a discounted GermGuardian air purifier

Cold and flu season has arrived, and with it, all those nasty germs. If you're looking to protect yourself from airborne illnesses, this deeply discounted air purifier can help reduce germs, mold spores, and viruses lurking in the air.
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

The best treadmills of 2018

The exercise of running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles at the same time.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track.
Smart Home

If you're not sipping beer while a robot mows your lawn, you're doing it wrong

Imagine watching your lawn being mowed by a robot while you sit on the porch drinking a beer. That’s life with Husqvarna’s line of electric Automowers, which takes the gas and the manpower out of one dreaded aspect of yard work.