Yes, You Can Network On A Dating App

Earlier this year, both Tinder and Bumble expanded the limits of what a dating app could offer when they independently introduced friend channels. Each lets you swipe left and right to find new friends (without benefits). Now, Bumble is readying to broaden its horizons even further.

The app just announced that it will launch BumbleBizz this fall. It's a separate section of the app where you can make career contacts — without any romantic ties.

What makes Bizz different from other career-connection sites, such as LinkedIn (and even Facebook), is how networking connections are made. You'll swipe left and right on potential contacts, as you would with a potential date, and women must be the ones to reach out first.

It's that feature — one which puts women in the power seat — that made Bumble stand out in the crowded dating-app field when it first launched in 2014. And while it might seem odd for a dating app to delve into career networking, it seems like a smart and promising move for Bumble to take on another space where men traditionally have the advantage.

"We are a mission-driven, female-empowerment brand that will always stay true to its core," Bumble CEO and founder Whitney Wolfe told Refinery29. "Leveling the playing field for women in the professional world is something we’re naturally all about as well."

Here's how it will work: Like Bumble BFF, you have the option to create a new, separate profile for BumbleBizz. So, if you're also using the dating portion of the app, you don't have to worry about new professional contacts reading about how you love waking up to fresh coffee and playing with your dog. You can also set certain filters, just like you would in the dating portion of the app. For Bizz, you can specify who will come across your feed by industry and location.

Hopefully, BumbleBizz will give women who are normally weary of networking events the confidence to connect with men and women who can help further their career — all in a fun and familiar format.

Check back here for more news on the official launch date. In the meantime, start prepping your About Me section. Who would have thought your favorite dating app could also land you a job?

More from Tech

Tonight marks the first of three presidential debates between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of the debate's close proximity to New...
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) developed a phone app that will assist you in recording and reporting police conduct. The app, Mobile Justice, ...
If you aren't registered to vote, don't panic. As a matter of fact, thanks to Snapchat, you can now do it in just one minute, reports Time. The social-...
GENERATION STARTUP presents Women In Tech, an episode of an exclusive web series with footage left on the cutting room floor. The feature documentary ...
You may start to notice your Uber drivers snapping a lot of selfies, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're riding with an Instagram addict. Your ...
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the company has developed new video-enabled sunglasses, called Spectacles, and will subsequently be rebranding ...
You're at 20,000 feet, and you realize your flight doesn’t have WiFi — which wouldn't be a big deal, except you forgot your book at home, and none of your ...
(Paid Content) Refinery29 is now on Versy, a messaging and content-sharing app made for busy people like us
It's a sad but true fact that a bad commute — one where you just miss the bus or subway — has the power to ruin your day. More often than not, these near...
When you think of playing a video game, what comes to mind? Is it a raucous game of Wii Bowling when you were in college? Hours spent on your Game Boy ...
If you're a Yahoo user (or ever have been), you'll want to change your password ASAP — and not just on that Yahoo account. Today, the company confirmed ...
There are two types of people in this world: the zero-inbox purists, and the ones with hundreds (or even thousands) of unread messages in their inbox. ...
It may seem like your car hasn't let you down. But apparently, all these years, you've been driving a vehicle suited for the wrong gender. At least that's ...
The iPhone 7 may not be a mystery anymore, but the hype surrounding it is far from gone. Now that we know what it looks like (hello, new camera) and what's...