Have you ever wanted to introduce two super interesting people from different circles of friends, but never really knew how to go about it? Tinder, a new app that helps you discover new people around you in real time, has just updated with an added feature: Matchmaker.
“Introducing two people, whatever the purpose, can be time consuming and often times socially awkward,” says Sean Rad, CEO of Tinder. “Matchmaker gives you an extremely easy and socially acceptable way to make that introduction, while furthering Tinder’s vision to be the platform people use to meet new people.”
Logging into Tinder the first time, you’ll need to sign in with Facebook. Once you do so, you’ll be presented with people nearby that the app feels you might be interested in. Tinder will automatically pull your location data and connect you to other folks who are also using the app in the same location as you, similarly to apps like Highlight.
The new Matchmaker feature lets you choose two folks from your Facebook friends list, and introduce them via a Facebook message, making the process simple, easy, and–best of all–easily avoided by the recipients of your largesse.
If you want to connect with someone, either nearby Tinder users or folks recommended to you by another Tinder user, you can do so with a quick tap. If both you and the person are interested in a connection, you’ll be introduced via Facebook. If you’re not interested, or busy, or just don’t want to meet anyone new, you can pass just as anonymously. Thank goodness for that.
You can also set up matchmaking preferences to filter for only male, only female, or both gender matches, as well as entering an age range of people you might be interested in meeting. While this all sounds like a clever dating app, it seems like it could be useful to mee potential friends and/or business partners, too.
Tinder is a free app, and available in the App Store right now.