Tinder has a bizarre new way to send a date to your coworkers using LinkedIn or Slack — here’s what it’s like

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Last month, Tinder confirmed that it was testing a “share button” that would let you send someone’s Tinder profile to a friend.

The idea was that you could play matchmaker, Tinder said. Once you sent the profile, your friend would have the opportunity to swipe “yes” or “no” on the profile, and wait and see if they got a match.

Now this button has appeared in the wild in New York City, and there’s already at least one strange integration with another service: work-chat program Slack. Slack is a red-hot $3.8 billion startup that is replacing email as the primary mode of communication in many workplaces (including Business Insider). One of the draws of Slack is that it makes chatting with your coworkers feel relaxed and informal – enough that you might want to set them up on a date?

Tinder’s share button integrates with a bunch of apps (like iMessage) – though not Facebook Messenger, Apple’s email app, or the original Facebook app – but Slack is the funniest. LinkedIn comes in a close second.

Here’s what it’s like to use the Tinder to try and set up a coworker:


Here is the Tinder share button, which has popped up in New York City.

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When you click it, you see a list of apps you can share to, including Slack. You can also share through text message.

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Once you tap Slack, here’s what pops up. I can send this potential match to anyone I want on Slack. Do I want to share this profile with my entire Business Insider tech team?

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Well, maybe a direct message to one of my coworkers is better. I’ll find one.

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I’ll send this profile to my coworker Kif.

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Here’s what pops up in my private chat with Kif.

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When Kif clicks on that link, he’s directed to open the Tinder app (or install if it’s not installed).

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Then once Kif’s gotten through that page, he has the chance to swipe “no” or “yes” on the person I chose. Tinder has previously said that shared links will expire after five clicks or 72 hours.

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But what if Slack is too private? Perhaps you want to share on LinkedIn. You can do that.

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You can share the Tinder profile with the general LinkedIn public, or tag someone specific.

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And the strange integrations don’t stop with LinkedIn. Here’s to-do list app Wunderlist.

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In what ends up accidentally being in very poor taste, you can add someone to one of your to-do lists.

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And if you want to read someone’s Tinder profile later, you can save it with Pocket.

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And the integration actually works! When I click from Pocket, I get pushed into the Tinder app and can swipe.

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