From the Guardian comes word of a new app - the cleverly named LinkedUp, which they describe as "Tinder for your professional network".
The app uses the LinkedIn API to access a user's professional contacts, and has a Tinder-like interface to quickly browse pics and profiles.
Let's think for a minute about how bad an idea this truly is.
For most of us, our professional network consists of current and former coworkers, clients, your next potential boss and more. What could possibly go wrong?
I can only imagine the alerts from LinkedIn: you've just been endorsed for the following skills...
According to founder Max Fischer, "I think it helps people feel a little more comfortable about people. I was looking through some profiles earlier today and the tag line says "You must love sports and dogs" or "I really love this hockey team."
Wait - I thought that's what Facebook already does. It captures your social graph, your interests, your experiences and more. But it does that in your social circle, not your professional circle. In other words, people who are less likely to adversely impact your career if things don't go quite right.
There could be worse ideas for dating. Perhaps a "classmates.com" for prison parolees, or an app that sits on top of the national sex-offender registry. And, I'm sure there will be those who find LinkedUp to be a useful app. But, there's a reason we don't have a single social graph, covering our business and personal lives. And most of us prefer that those world's do not collide.