Single Guy Outsources to Find Dates

Not from The Onion:

He started with a job description for a personal assistant to manage his dating life. He posted it on Elance, a Web site that connects freelancers with jobs.

It was all about eyeballs hunting for Ms. More-or-Less Right. And fingers e-mailing sweet nothings. A numbers game, he figured.

“With online dating, every reasonably attractive, smart girl gets a million e-mails,” he says. Terrible odds. “If male programmers were my ideal match, I’d be set.”

Ferriss lined up a half dozen teams in India, the Philippines, Jamaica and the United States.

He gave the contractors his profile and an idea of what sort of woman he was interested in (early-to-mid 20s, college grad, slender or athletic, non-smoker, no kids).

He told the teams he was looking for quick “coffee dates” at joints along Lincoln Avenue. And he told them to handle all the pre-date correspondence (introduction, follow-up questions, requests for pictures).

He suggested the contractors say they were working on his behalf. And he urged them to be creative.

There were some problems.

An Indian team dropped out explaining they didn’t really get the whole Western-style dating thing.

“In some culture groups in India,” Ferriss says, “it’s just not really done.”