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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BeLinked: Your LinkedIn Profile Enters the Dating App Game

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 7:40 AM

click to enlarge Wow, you really seem to know a lot about newsletter-based marketing, want to meet for drinks some time? - BEVAN GOLDSWAIN/SHUTTERSTOCK

While job interviews can be a lot like first dates (just add alcohol) — the first impressions, sharing information about yourself that's not too telling (yes: you like to run; no: and afterwards sit on the couch in your underwear and watch a Maury he-is-not-the-father marathon) — we've never actually crossed the two. Meaning, we've never actively sought out a date on the same basis we choose a job. But apparently some people in the dating world are looking for a job and a date that utilize social media marketing skills and have a background in newsletter campaigns. And the dating app for that is BeLinked.

BeLinked, a cross between LinkedIn and Tinder, lets a user swipe right or left based on a photo, job information, and the LinkedIn connections the two people share. While most of the images we've seen on LinkedIn are more suited for a realtor's business card than a calling card for a hook up, apparently someone's type is business casual. According the the BeLinked site, which is not affiliated with LinkedIn, users can also upload four "fun" photos (we think if you're looking on BeLinked, might as well just embrace the office-chic look) and connects potential matches based on age, gender, job industry, and geographic location. And like Tinder, it's anonymous until you both swipe right. 

But here's the thing about this app that we can't stop thinking about — with the San Francisco dating pool (arguably) small, and the business world highly connected, what are the chances that the person you hook up with and then never call again ends up in the cubicle across from you? Seems like a pretty legitimate fear, especially since you share LinkedIn connections, so we'll be swiping left on this app. 
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