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Mixing business with pleasure
If you're lookin' for love in all the wrong places, as Johnny Lee sang in the summer of 1980, try LinkedIn instead.
There's a relatively new app called LinkedUp! to help you forget about the business part of mixing business with pleasure.
As The Wall Street Journal puts it, LinkedUp! is a networking app "for those who want to ensure their match is gainfully employed before they meet for drinks." And, as The Guardian notes, sometimes a request to meet for coffee "can actually mean more than just coffee."
The app takes LinkedIn beyond a professional connection, for which it was meant, by letting you search for your potential date's profession, age, etc., and then the two of you can chat it up.
You can also "like" someone's profile, which hopefully you're going to do if you plan to date said person. Or you can "pass" (anonymously, by the way), which presumably you're going to do if you're turned off. It will also tell you if you like each other.
LinkedUp! - there's actually a little heart where the "e" should be - boasts that it's the "smart new way to date via LinkedIn" and that you can "get the conversation going by already knowing what industry your match works in."
As its founder Max Fischer, who soft-launched it in March, told the Journal, he thinks it's all going to mean "much higher-quality matches."
You have to be at least 17 to download the app - it cites "mature/suggestive themes" on the iTunes store, after all - and at this point it's only for Apple Inc.'s iOS devices.
So if you're using a BlackBerry or Android unit, you might actually have to go out and meet someone.
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