Here's a handy tool for the ladies out there (and the lucky few fellas that get their number requested); an update to the giving of a fake number when someone asks for it at the bar, party, concert, etc. But instead of beleaguering the local library, VD Clinic, or the owner of any random number you have to spew out, now you can give them a TextReject.com phone number.
From the STLBJ Article:
Philip Thomas and Andrew Hess, engineering students at Washington University, created the website TextReject.com to offer people an alternative to handing out a fake phone number.
Hess and Thomas created the website after witnessing one of their friends giving away a cell phone number to a stranger while in line at Steak 'n' Shake near campus. They wanted to create an extra layer of defense against unwanted suitors, so they set out planning and programming a website, which one week later turned into Text Reject. The service is currently available in five cities.
It appears the service is in high demand. In fact, when TextReject.com went live on Oct. 19, it experienced thousands of views and over 250 text messages in its first few hours. In the first 18 days, the website has received 1,232 text messages, 116 phone calls, published 150 conversations and reported close to 6,500 pageviews, Thomas said.
While it's not exactly the local startup news that gets the attention of a nation, it's still a pretty funny idea that may catch on. Here's a few examples of real rejections. (They update in real time).