He swiped left when he wanted to swipe right.
On the smartphone dating app Tinder that means you aren’t interested in a person based on what you saw on their profile. The profiles include first names along with age but not surnames. You don’t get a second chance at a possible love connection in your area if you’re too hasty with your fingers.
But for one otherwise web savvy Missouri State University freshman, he quickly realized his mistake and set a true Tinderella story in motion: He searched Missouri State’s database and emailed all 22 Claudias on campus, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
And he found the right one.
In his email, freshman Hayden Moll asked for only a simple one-word response: “left” or “right.”
The right, as in the correct, Claudia posted a screenshot of Moll’s email on Twitter and said, “THIS GUY LITERALLY EMAILED EVERY CLAUDIA AT MISSOURI STATE TO FIND ME ON TINDER.”
In his email, Moll said he and Claudia could “totally get some donuts or something but if you choose ‘left’ that’s cool too.”
She’s Claudia Alley, 18, a fellow freshman on campus.
As of Wednesday, the tweet had been retweeted nearly 30,000 times and liked more than 164,000 times. Comments on her post ranged from “Donut let this one get away” to “The line between charming and creepy is directly correlated with attractiveness.”
“I thought it would be big,” Alley told the Springfield News-Leader. “But I didn't know it would be this big.”
In another era, the cliffhanger — did she accept the offer? — would have rivaled the Luke and Laura wedding on “General Hospital” for a college student’s attention. A whole raft of responses on Twitter followed with people dying to know what Alley did.
“It’s been four hours and I’m stressing out by the fact that I don’t know if she swiped left or right,” @TFeyVV posted on Sunday. On Monday, @TFeyVV posted, “It been 19 hours and I still have no idea what happened. Do they not realize I’m a human with feelings too?!.”
By Tuesday, @TFeyVV was getting annoyed. “They played with my emotions for far too long. I don’t care.”
Well, @TFeyVV, we all have an answer now and we bet you really do care.
Claudia found Hayden’s gesture to be more funny than creepy, he tweeted. The pair have a date for donuts later this week.