Dating App Bumble Wants To Be The Next LinkedIn

Dating App Bumble Wants To Be The Next LinkedIn

When I’m trying to get laid, the last thing on my mind is whether or not I should be looking for another job. But Bumble, the dating app founded by ex-Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe, seeks to address this issue with a new feature that essentially amounts to a gamified version LinkedIn.

BumbleBizz, as it’s so named, will match Bumble users by industry and location. It’s a spin on the app’s existing functionalities — Bumble and BumbleBFF, which match people with paramours and friends, respectively — only this time, the dream match is a new job or mentor. It will work a lot like the other two features, with a requisite mutual “yes” swipe and ladies-first message for opposite-sex interactions.

“As the first to bring the ‘swiping’ experience to professional networking, BumbleBizz is powered by the notion that a connection or simple exchange of information can lead to the opportunity of a lifetime,” the company touts in a description.

The desire to combine every part of a user’s life (romantic, professional and platonic) into one neat little package makes some sense from the app’s perspective. But when it comes down to it, the only response I can muster to this feature is GODDAMMIT.

It’s unnecessary and dumb to gamify every conceivable aspect of a human’s life. But more to the point: Why must I worry about finding a cool new job while I’m also out hunting for some D? Can’t you people let me find a sex friend in peace?

Imagine, if you will, the conversation after “matching” with a prospective professional connection. “Hey, uh, so I know this is a dating app and all, and now you know I’m definitely on here to find a sex friend, but, uh, wanna grab some coffee and talk about working together?” It’s kind of like hitting on someone using a LinkedIn message, only in reverse.

According to the company, the feature is still in development, and likely won’t be available until spring, which means your networking and bone-zone lives can stay separate for now. But come spring, beware: You may just find your boss on a dating app. Have fun at work the next day!