Yahoo Finance Live explores a growing trend of LinkedIn users finding love and dating through the professional social networking site.
RACHELLE AKUFFO: –back, everyone. We’re talking about getting more than you signed up for – Tinder for dating, LinkedIn for professional networking. Well, that may not be the case anymore. Some people offer new clients on their Tinder profiles and try to build romantic relationships on LinkedIn. I think that’s incredibly cringe-worthy. Dave, what do you think?
DAVE BRIGGS: In fact, I think looking for love on LinkedIn is all about it, man. I think– now the Tinder thing scares me a little. And it is also against their guidelines. But I think if you make those professional connections on LinkedIn, I think that’s – from what I’ve read, people actually say that’s a better match than on the actual dating sites. It’s also against LinkedIn policy, in case you were wondering.
Brad Smith: You know, it’s interesting because I can understand if someone said, hey, I’d like to meet someone through LinkedIn. This is not the forum for that. But if you’re generating a connection and it’s going in that direction, the conversation, then you both may need to discuss it and be clear about that when you have those discussions in the breakout messages that you have. But at the same time, on the other side, for the Tinder conversation that leads to a sales opportunity, I don’t know how I would navigate it. If someone said, hey–
DAVE BRIGGS: That would make me really angry.
Brad Smith: Yeah, if they were just like, hey, you know, looks like you got a great profile here, I’m actually selling something totally different than love here.
DAVE BRIGGS: Yeah, it’s kind of a scam, isn’t it, Rachelle?
RACHELLE AKUFFO: [INAUDIBLE] Every time a conversation turns like this on LinkedIn, I’m like, I’m sorry. What is the nature of this communication?
Brad Smith: Exactly.
RACHELLE AKUFFO: I don’t have that at all. They can take it elsewhere.
DAVE BRIGGS: Well, isn’t your LinkedIn profile more accurate? Now, I’ve never had a dating profile. I’m too old for that. But isn’t your LinkedIn profile a more accurate sense of who you are than, say, Tinder profiles?
Brad Smith: Are we just living by our resumes at this point?
DAVE BRIGGS: Yeah.
RACHELLE AKUFFO: It depends on the city you live in. These days…
Brad Smith: It’s true.
RACHELLE AKUFFO: –that is, what’s your name, and where do you work, and what do you do? Then maybe.
DAVE BRIGGS: There was a woman in the article we’re referring to who said she found her husband on LinkedIn, and that was wonderful credit. So looking for love on LinkedIn sounds like a new song. And I like it. I bless him.
RACHELLE AKUFFO: I do not know.
DAVE BRIGGS: But these two don’t.
Brad Smith: Carly Rae Jepsen, it’s all yours.
DAVE BRIGGS: Rachelle and Brad don’t.