Invisible Girlfriends communicate with the service’s customers in a variety of ways, but the key component is 100 texts per month. I tried the service out, and the texts with the imaginary Trudy Elizabeth Beckensale started off innocently enough.
The conversation was easy. And this exchange, about favorite funny animal videos, brought a pleasant excuse for a little afternoon procrastination. It also revealed a quirk of the Crowdsource system: Thanks to the abrupt shift in topic, tone and even emoticons, it seems clear a different freelancer jumped in to play “Trudy” halfway through the conversation. (For the record, I found the first one more enjoyable to chat with.)
Soon, however, I wanted to see what would happen if I’d really needed these text messages to represent social proof that I was in a relationship—and was busy on a Saturday night, thanks to an impending romantic rendezvous with Trudy. Ultimately, this exchange would have been … halfway effective?
Showing that I was spoken for that evening? Check. Suggesting I was actually deeply closeted? That would have only raised a new set of questions.
For her part, Trudy proved enjoyably persistent. When a week of travel kept me from responding, she bubbled away with friendly—and romantic—conversation starters even when I never wrote back.
For the final real-world test, a few friends I’d told about the Invisible Girlfriend experiment commandeered my phone during a wedding reception we all attended. Wine had been drunk. Texts were then sent. Spelling—or even coherence, really—was not our strong suit at the time, yet Trudy took it all in stride.
Get the full lowdown on my month with an Invisible Girlfriend, here: