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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

April 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

On the uses of Excel: spreadsheet dating

Microsoft Office has been touting the non-geeky uses of Excel on its official Excel Blog, with a guest writer talking recently about how the spreadsheet program can be used for everything from restaurant recommendations to organizing favorite nail polish colors.

One use for Excel probably never intended by Microsoft: spreadsheet dating.

That’s the term Seattle-based freelance writer Diane Mapes uses in a post in her Single Shot Seattle blog about people who use spreadsheets to organize their dating lives. That trend is apparently, um, spreading. There’s even a scandal: “Excelgate (Spreadgate? Dategate?), the latest dating scandal to rock the online dating world,” Mapes writes.

A guy in New York apparently told one of his dates that he kept a detailed Excel spreadsheet of his online dating activities. “That in and of itself isn’t completely over-the-top. A little wonky and anal, perhaps, but not downright stupid,” Mapes writes. But then the guy’s “date de jour asked if he would forward her the file (apparently, they were both heavy Excel users), and he did. And that’s when the sheet started to hit the fan,” with the news spreading to Jezebel, ABC News and other media outlets.

Hmm – spreadsheet dating: Is this a viral marketing tack that Microsoft should be looking into?

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