Feeld hopes to facilitate workplace romances with a messaging bot
Your favorite way to waste time at work just got steamier.
Slack, the professional messaging app that’s also used to share office gossip and up your GIF game, now facilitates workplace romances. Feeld, which describes itself as a matchmaker for “curious, open-minded couples and singles” has integrated itself into the office collaboration tool, paving the way for you to hit on your co-workers before the weekly happy hour.
London-based Feeld, which began life as a facilitator of polyamorous relationships, says that the Slack integration is a great way for desk drones to “embrace feelings” that would otherwise be buried by professional constraints. “The workplace often introduces us to like-minded humans. Having feelings for them is natural and amazing,” it says on its website.
Feeld is not entirely wrong: Numerous studies indicate that assortative mating is really a thing. But it’s also wise enough to know that harmless flirting can easily become sexual harassment. Indeed, Feeld includes a user’s manual to dating via Slack that includes tips such as “Don’t be a D,” “work is work” and “consent is key.”
For all you 9-to-5 lonely hearts out there, here’s how the Tinder-inspired app works. First, tell a bot the account of your crush. If the other party feels the same way and had also notified the bot, you’re connected to them. If not, the company promises that nobody’s the wiser.
Of course, just because Feeld says it’s ok to spill your heart to a anonymous bot doesn’t mean that what you say is necessarily private. Slack doesn’t even make that guarantee: “Anything you communicate on a workplace device using a workplace network may ultimately belong to your employer,” the company has said.
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