Hi again! It’s Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters
We’ve gone through several weeks of posts about chatlines and datelines and public ads. Some random questions have come up and we thought we would address them here.
QUESTION: DOES ACME OR ANY OTHER CHATLINES OR DATELINES HIRE PEOPLE TO CHAT WITH CALLERS TO MAKE MONEY FOR THE COMPANY?
ANSWER: No Acme has never hired anyone to chat on our chatline or send messages to other users. The money spent paying someone to do this would be far better spent on television ads or other ads. We have tens of thousands of users. A few more or less would make no difference at all. To the best of our knowledge, none of the other reputable chatlines and datelines hire actors or actresses either, probably for the exact same reason. The few companies that still do “phone sex” usually make it pretty clear what you are getting for your money and they charge for virtually every minute you talk with their actors or actresses. With all reputable chatlines and datelines you only pay for very limited activities and/or at a rate that couldn’t possibly compensate an actor. If that doesn’t convince you, call up the system and listen to some random public ads or chatline greetings. If we are paying actors and actresses for some of these messages, we sure aren’t getting our money’s worth. Actually now you can even listen on-line to the most recent public ads from callers in your area. Just go to the Acme Dating Home Page and click the box in the lower left corner. Or just click here.
QUESTION: I HEAR A LOT OF STRANGE ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS IN PUBLIC ADS AND CHATLINE GREETINGS. WHAT DO SOME OF THEM MEAN?
ANSWER: Yeah there are a lot of strange abbreviations and terms out there. They don’t always mean the same thing to everyone and they can mean different things in different parts of the country. Here are five that might confuse you that have pretty much the same meaning across the country.
“D and D Free” – This means drug and disease free. Specifically it refers to not using illegal drugs and not having any sexually transmitted diseases.
“Box Me” – Send me a message to my mailbox.
“Hit Me Up Live” – Send me an instant message from the Acme Chat Lounge.
“We’re in the Lifestyle” – A term used by adults that regularly participate in swinging – that is sex with other people other than their own partner, often with their partner in a three-way or more way. We think you get the picture.
“On the Down Low” – Being very discreet about what you want to do. Often associated with straight men who are considering exploring their bisexual or gay tendencies or fantasies.
QUESTION: WHY ISN’T EVERYTHING FREE ON PHONELINES AND DATELINES LIKE IT IS ON SOME ONLINE INTERNET DATING SITES?
ANSWER: All phone and internet dating sites have costs. Chief among these are advertising, customer service salaries and, in the case of phone datelines, the actual cost of all of those telephone lines. Some of the Internet Dating sites can rely on revenue from web advertising to cover their costs. That model just doesn’t work for telephone datelines. There is no convenient place to put an ad and it would be hard to track its results. Telephone datelines started using 900 or 976 number billing, but that has all but disappeared in recent years. So to cover costs we make only certain features paid. That is to say, you need Acme credits to perform certain tasks. But everything else is free, including the most time-consuming activities – listening to public ads and public chatline greetings. Even internet dating sites have moved towards a paid model with subscriptions and membership fees. You get what you pay for when it’s totally free. Some amount of payment by customers acts as a screening device. It helps you know that they are taking it all seriously.
QUESTION:WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR BLOG?
ANSWER: We liked the original appearance but found one we liked even better. We think it’s kinda cool and haven’t seen anyone else use it yet. We might change it again in the future, you know, keep everything fresh.
QUESTION: WE ONLY HEAR ABOUT DATING FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE. HOW ABOUT DIFFERENT PEOPLE’S POINTS OF VIEW?
ANSWER: You’re right. The whole dating world doesn’t revolve around Biff and Julie. So we have asked some friends to write guest blogs for us in the future. Justin will talk about gay men and their experiences and Karen and Steve will talk about people in the Lifestyle (see above for the definition of the Lifestyle). Look for them. Coming soon!
Anyway, that’s all for this week.
Signing off. Biff and Julie - The Acme Chatters