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Loveflutter initially hit the market in 2013, requiring its users to take personality quizzes before joining, and re-branded itself a year later as the “quirkier” version of Tinder.It uses a similar swiping interface as Tinder but displays users’ bios — in a nod to Twitter, bios must be 140 characters or less — ahead of their photos to emphasize brains over looks.[People think] Twitter is just for business and just professional,” says Thomas Edwards, a dating coach who founded a service called the Professional Wingman. You decide how you want to use them.” Edwards would know: In 2009, he got a direct message from a fellow dating coach who noticed him via a hashtag, retweeted him, and later suggested they meet in person to compare industry notes.They kept their conversations business-related at first, but it soon became clear they were more than just networking buddies.But at a time when there’s a Slack bot to romantically connect co-workers and a dating app to match Linked In users, the lines between business and pleasure have never been more blurred.“We like to compartmentalize certain things in our lives.
Laurie Davis Edwards says she was attracted to Thomas’s profile picture initially, but then became even more charmed reading his “sweet” tweets about his friends and family.Plenty of other apps have utilized similar technology — Tinder allows users to integrate their Instagram and Spotify accounts, for example — but Smith argues that tweets give potential matches a much deeper insight into each other’s personalities.The app today boasts about 1 million total users worldwide, according to Smith.Ali Garland wasn’t expecting to meet her husband when she sent out an innocuous tweet in the summer of 2010. “Now I just have to figure out how to set it up.” Andrew Couch, a fellow travel blogger whom she followed on Twitter but had never interacted with, was quick to respond.Their casual exchange progressed into direct messages, which then led to a short Skype session, “and that was that,” recalls Garland.