There’s beauty in the double-blind opt-in. That’s the way you match with someone on Tinder. You like them, they like you, you both find out and get connected. But to date, the feature’s largely been trapped in dating apps that match you with randos or that not everyone wants to be on. That means this anti-loneliness technology is leaving some people out.
Facebook, meanwhile, is on a newfound quest to stimulate “meaningful interactions,” not just passive content consumption. Its latest attempt is a ham-handed Meetups feature. It surfaces big groups of friends saying some might want to hang out with you, and asking if you’re interested. If you both say yes, it connects you over Messenger.
The idea behind Meetups is smart, but the execution is a mess….