Here Come Hot-or-Not Clones, On Mobile

Mobile software company IceBreaker plans to launch a mobile application called Crush or Flush next Monday, which the guys at Next.Net wrote about this week. It’s a mobile dating application that lets you choose between photos of users that are either “crush” worthy or “flushable”.

If you think it sounds a lot like a mobile version of Hot or Not, then you would be in agreement with James Hong, founder of Hot or Not. He emailed and shared his thoughts about IceBreaker with us. “I’ve met the Icebreaker guys and am impressed with them. The system they’ve built is clearly very similar to our ‘Meet Me at HOTorNOT’ system. I’m not sure if we were an inspiration for their system or not but if we were.. as the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” (Meow!)

We met up with James a few weeks ago because we had recently heard about a mobile application that the company had been working on. He says Hot or Not did have a mobile application created, but decided not to release it to the public. “The market is just too early,” he says.

But now that social mobile services like FunkySexyCool are starting to gain a little traction with users, it’s not a surprise that mobile applications that take a cue from Hot or Not are launching. It might be time for Hot or Not to release that mobile application it created. What do you think James?