The high-profile girls at HelloGiggles.com announced this week two new original web series will be coming to their site – Internet Dating Disasters and HelloStranger. For those unfamiliar with the “ ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females,” HelloGiggles is a lady-friendly online outpost founded by actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi, and blogger Molly McAleer.
Regarding the HelloGiggles online originals, Internet Dating Disasters will feature stories of people meeting online and the unexpected, undesirable outcomes of what happens when they then meet in real life. It’s kinda like the original premise for The Guild, except it’s not scripted and lacks the references to WoW. HelloGiggles describes it as less You’ve Got Mail and more Catfish.
In contrast, HelloStranger is aimed for people trying to connect to people from real life meetings, like the video version of Craigslist’s Missed Connections.
Now, HelloGiggles is no stranger to the idea of web shows. Before the website went live, HelloGiggles produced a three-part web series for Teleflora called What a Mom Wants just in time for a special Mother’s Day promotion. And since the site’s launch last May, HelloGiggles has featured a series of videos including Wine Time with Marissa A Ross, Get Yo’ Nails Did by Molly McAleer, and – my personal favorite – Video Chat Karaoke, which features a variety of the site’s regular contributors singing to their screens.
So what exactly makes HelloStranger and Internet Dating Disasters different from HelloGiggles’ current web series catalog? The fan/reader/viewser participation. Both series are asking HelloGigglers to post videos about their tales of finding love online instead of the usual Giggle girls making the entertainment.
HelloGiggles posted this address – firstname.lastname@example.org – on their tumblr for readers to submit their videos. How many will actually send in submissions to make these ideas into actual series? You’ll have to check back to find out.