We all know some version of this story: a friend from high school meets the love of her life through her cousin’s friend’s sister’s neighbor’s first-born-child’s doctor’s brother’s son. And in this age of online social networking, it’s no surprise when those connections happen through digital platforms like Facebook.
A fresh Facebook app hopes to make the matchmaking process lighter among your friends, so you can play Cupid in a 2013-sort-of-way. The app, appropriately named “YouShouldTotallyMeet,” uses the power of your friend network to help form introductions.
With this Facebook app, you very first build an app profile for a single friend that you want to set up. Note that it’s very likely best to ask your friend very first, since you’re basically serving as their wingman/wingwoman and have to know what qualities they’re looking for in a potential relationship. Through the app, you then write some reasons why someone should meet your friend. Mutual friends can even vouch for them with “agree” and “disagree” votes. Then, you go through your own friends list and find people they “should totally meet.” It only takes a single click to make the introduction.
Then you just wait for the magic to happen (or to fizzle out).
The app creators argue that since this method uses the power of friends to find someone, this sort of matchmaking takes away the awkwardness of blind dates and takes the guesswork out of online dating. Since friends are recommending friends, that human pre-screening process is also there, compared with traditional online dating sites that might use an algorithm.
“We [my co-founders and I] witnessed an chance to use Facebook as a way for single people to have fewer bad dating practices,” YouShouldTotallyMeet co-founder Hayley Taylor said in a news release. “By being set up with mutual friends of friends, it’s a way to ‘smooch fewer frogs,’ so to speak.”
So the next time you find yourself telling your BFF that “you should totally meet so-and-so,” this could be a simpler way to make that very first introduction. Just don’t take all the credit. Albeit, maybe you’ll get a toast at their wedding. Hmm.
See more about this matchmaking Facebook app below, and let us know in the comments what you think about this sort of matchmaking.
Mashable composite thumbnail and lead graphic: Cupid photo via iStockphoto, nokee, Facebook photo via iStockphoto, pressureUA. Screenshot courtesy of YouShouldTotallyMeet app via YouTube movie.