I have this really great joke I use when I’m drunk about how there should be a LinkedIn/Tinder app. There’s literally no punchline. It’s just “can you imagine what it’d be like if Tinder used LinkedIn instead of Facebook?” People laugh and they laugh and they laugh, because it’s just so stupid. Well, that joke has come true. There’s “LinkedUp,” the dating app that matches you with potential future coworkers, employers, supervisors, owners, etc. Except this app won’t get you a job – actually, it might, just not a job of the employment variety. No, no, no. It’s exactly like Tinder, except instead of swiping endless selfies left and right, you’re stuck trying to gauge whether or not someone is hot from their corporate headshot.
I imagine LinkedUp founder Max Fischer sitting over a beer, just thinking of a get-rich-quick app that will solve all of his problems. So, he ripped off Tinder and then just needed a social network to plug in instead of Facebook. Twitter? No. Pinterest? Not enough dudes, probably. LinkedIn? Sure, why not. This is like trying to rip off the Ford Model T, but instead of using tires on your replica, you use boat propellers.
I get it, though. Your professional network can double as a dating pool sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I want to start swiping the people I do business with. There’s an idea here, but using your LinkedIn profile to try and get in someone’s pants is the least sexy thing I can think of.
‘A’ for effort, though.
[via Fast Company]