We’ve all seen the show. Boy meets girl online. Boy drives two hours to see her in person. Girl turns out to be Chris Hanson.
However, there’s another side to this story. Thousands of people meet and fall in love online, and end up spending the rest of their lives together. So how do you know if TechChick83 is a sweet girl looking for help with her Calc 102 homework or Larry, a 38-year-old life insurance salesman with a nasty overbite?
Today’s idea is a social network certification service (a snertification service? Get it?) that allows you to prove to others that you are who you say you are online. Users who sign up for the service would send proof of their identity to the snertification website. Once the site was able to verify some basic information, the user would receive a logo they could place on their MySpace/Facebook/Match.com page. If other users wanted to check that person out, they could click on the logo to see all of the Snertification details for the certified user.
What are your thoughts on this one? In general I see this being a paid service, where people could pay a couple of bucks to prove that they are the real deal. Is this something you would pay for?