Love Letters In The Sand: An App for Long-Distance Relationships

By N Mark Castro

For all you long distance lovers out there, here’s an app that can help you connect.

The iPhone app, Pair, creates a private shared timeline for couples that allows them to easily swap SMS messages, photos, videos and locations.

The app includes a feature called “thumb kiss” that vibrates when both parties touch the same spot on the screen. Couples can also co-create drawings, maintain a joint to-do list and send a “thinking of you” message that works like a more thoughtful Facebook poke.

Pair takes the concept behind Path a step further. Instead of sharing personal updates within a small network, it’s a way to stay constantly connected with the smallest of networks — one other person.

To start using the app, you need to send someone with an iPhone (the Android version is coming soon) a request to be your “pair” on it. Creating multiple pairs isn’t allowed, though it’s easy to unpair and re-pair.

Three of the five men who helped create Pair are in long-distance relationships, but Kostour says that any pair of close friends could use the app to stay in touch throughout the day. Eventually, the startup plans to sell premium games or other activities they can use in the app.

A few Pair activities — or even the concept of keeping an app solely for interacting with one person — might strike some as more nauseating than sweet. But there’s a case to be made that the app is just what the increasing number of young long-distance couples could use.

Instead of juggling Skype dates, phone calls and text messages, the app provides one portal for communication.

If you want to talk to your girlfriend, you don’t have to tap anywhere else. Just tap one button and I’m talking to her right away.

Yeah, tap it like that.

Because …

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on January 15, 2013, in General, Thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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