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Icebreaker is here!

The brand new text flirting concept Icebreaker officially launched with a party at Tiger Tiger last week. Mancon’s resident singleton Sally went down to check it out…

Published on December 6th 2006.


Icebreaker is here!

Meet Sally. Sally is Manchester Confidential’s resident singleton, our very own Bridget Jones. Since splitting from her long term boyfriend two years ago Sally has been living life as a single gal to the max, but as she nears the big three-zero (Hey! I’m 27 actually! –Sally) she’s looking for a man. Look out Manchester.

Last year Sally tried speed dating. Unfortunately none of the fellas floated her boat so after one too many glasses of chardonnay she ended up snogging the bar man. Then there was the time when her friends set her up on a blind date, and she left her share of the bill on the table and escaped out of the restaurant while he was at the toilet.

So when we were invited to the launch of the revolutionary new text flirting service Icebreaker, Sally jumped at the chance. Actually, she didn’t, I had to persuade her. She was more than a little reluctant after her speed dating experience. ‘But this is totally different’ I coaxed, with an evil glint in my eye. ‘Come on, it’ll be fun…’

Icebreaker is a brand new flirting and dating service that matches like minded people by text message. Once signed up to the service, you will receive text alerts that match you with other singles in your area. Once matched with a potential date, you can choose to chat with or dump the person.

As Sally and I wandered across town in the wind and rain to Tiger Tiger last Thursday, we envisaged a room full of people glued to their mobile phones, like a convention of bluetoothers. But when we walked in it didn’t feel much different to a normal night in Tiger Tiger. It certainly didn’t feel like a singles night. Groups of people were just stood around with their friends, occasionally gathering around to read a text message. I felt a sigh of relief escape from Sally, as she dragged me to the bar. ‘Two white wines, please barman!’ she crowed, as we scoped the clientele. Hmm. No weirdoes. No planespotters. No potential serial killers. Just a lot of very normal looking people.

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Sally, who had already registered her details with Icebreaker on their website here, began to feel vibrations in her pocket. They knew she was here. Beep beep. ‘Oh I’ve been matched with someone!’ laughed Sally, looking at her mobile. ‘He doesn’t like computers… but I work for an internet company! He wants to know what colour my eyes are… what should I say, what should I say?’ Sally’s eyes are blue. ‘Just tell him you have blue eyes Sal’. Beep beep. ‘Wow, he has blue eyes too!! He wants to know what I’m wearing tonight – should I tell him?’ And so on. Sally was lost to the world of Icebreaker.

While Sally didn’t meet the man of her dreams at the Icebreaker event (and experienced the first dumping of her life – something which she still hasn’t got over), her phone has been going crazy since, with more people wanting to get to know her.

The launch party was a success for more than a few people though, creating matches here there and everywhere. Galaxy fm were also on hand, to give away a holiday to Reykjavik, which was won by the extremely lucky Dan Norman from Manchester.

So, Icebreaker is here. Don’t get left out in the cold – become a part of this rapidly expanding network by registering your details here. Let the games commence!

For more information on Icebreaker, visit their website at www.icebreakeruk.com

Jayne Robinson
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^ Sally and Jayne from Manchester Confidential

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