LinkedUp: Is Mixing Business With Pleasure All That Bad?
Tinder took the bored/horny smartphone generation by storm. People in relationships wish they could have a go and it seems many do unbeknown to their partners.
Using your Facebook profile to login is very clever, isn’t it Tinder? That way if you have mutual friends you can have a good stalk priory to swiping yes. And if you’ve liked more than 5 of the same pages you must be soul-mates. It’s written in the stars.
Tinder is so good someone has decided to launch a similar App. We asked LinkedUp! to shed some light on the app, “the app pulls information from your LinkedIn profile, like your industry, schools and job. What’s great about our application is that a user has to opt-in and download our app to be part of our platform, which helps keep LinkedIn professional (we never post anything to LinkedIn). So only people who want to be a part of our LinkedUp! app are using it.”
LinkedIn is a professional social networking site; somewhere for professionals to swap polite banter about politics and marketing trends while they sip afternoon tea (something like that anyway). For many of us, our Linkedin profile is going to be a stark contrast from our Facebook account. “I’m a hard-working individual with a strong work ethic” VS. “still pissed from last night. at work lol.”
However LinkedUp! say, “there are 300M users on LinkedIn and with each carefully curated profile, you get a very true sense of who someone is, where they are from, where they go to school and what do they do, giving users a sense of comfort and trust–– which is why a growing number of LinkedIn users are relying on the platform for a quality date.”
Swipe if you think I’m sexy
LinkedUp! calls it ‘The Hot or Not Game’, reminding us of how shallow we are. Much like location-based Tinder, you swipe left or right, depending on if you’re into someone. They only know you’ve swiped “yes please” if you ‘match’. Obviously once you match, this is where you talk to the love of your life and live happily ever after.
Something that may lead to awkward situations is listing where you’ve worked, have worked, went to University and so on… However, you can search these fields which may be useful if you’re stalking the fitty from the next office (well, they’d have to sign up first). LinkedUp! also gives you the option to turn these fields off if you’re feeling a little mysterious.
It gets better; you can lure those pretty faces into your web with a personalised tagline, then you can “get the conversation going by already knowing what industry your match works in.”
There’s a slight problem with mixing business and pleasure. No one wants to turn up at their next meeting/interview and come face-to-face with that guy who sent you nudes or that girl you hit with a regrettable one-liner.
Is it worth it?
Scepticism aside, the apps still early days, and it could have some potential. Searching for possible matches based on your industry, may introduce you to someone you have a lot in common with.
There seems to be a lack of users singed up to it yet – but give it a chance, LinkedUp! see themselves attracting more and more 20somtehing singletons. It’s possible away from the gap-yaah snaps with heavily sedated tigers, and hilarious party pics on your run-of-the mill dating app, you might actually connect with someone.
Don’t all rush at once to make your LinkedIn profile as date-worthy as possible.