Have you fallen in love with the tweeter of your dreams? If you'd like the know if the feeling is mutual, Timi Ajiboye is here to save the day. Ajiboye developed a Twitter bot for crushes called Twinder — which of course sounds like a certain dating app we all know and love — and it will tell you if you've made a love match with your Twitter crush. The way it works is simple. First, follow the bot and it will automatically follow you back, as long as your page is public. Send the bot a DM containing the handle of the tweeter you have a crush on. If your crush ever does the same, and DMs your handle to the bot, the bot will notify the both of you that you've matched, so you can DM each other, fall in love, buy a home, open a joint IRA, and live happily ever after. Brilliant.
Ajiboye first had the idea back in 2014. More recently, he and his development team worked to create the technology needed for the bot, and subsequently made it available to all of Twitter. It might seem a little scary trusting the identity of your crush with a Twitter bot, but Ajiboye promises their names will never be revealed.
Only the folks managing the bot can access them. If you're still not sure, take a note from the nearly 600 people who have followed the account in the few weeks it's been live.
It's a totally new way to connect with your match and fall in love, but not a completely unsurprising one. In this day and age of digital communication, meeting potential love matches face to face and acknowledging your attraction for one another verbally are out of the question. Why have direct human interaction when you could do it from the convenience of your phone?! Communicating with people in person is weird. Uncomfortably. Icky poo poo.
In all seriousness, Twinder totally removes that awkward, "I like them, but I don't want to tell them I like them, because if they don't like me, it's going to be weird for the rest of my life and I won't ever be able to talk to them or look at them again, and I'm going to have to move to Australia." Instead, all you have to do is DM Twinder your crush's handle, and then furiously refresh Twitter every 10 seconds to see if you've gotten a response. Easy peasy.
The idea is pretty genius, and I love how it eliminates the risk of exposing yourself to someone who might not share the same feelings for you. While there are plenty of quizzes online to help you determine if your crush likes you back, there aren't many sites or apps that let your crush confirm it themselves. I did a little homework, and the only thing I found was an app called Kiss, developed by a 16-year-old named Sam Lurye. Kiss allows you to send your crush a message saying, "Do you like me?" and they'll have three options to choose from. Lurye removed the awkward factor by requiring users to provide a line-up of seven names, all of which are sent to the crush. They'll rate each of them, never knowing who sent the text. Kiss then sends you a notification about how your crush rated you. GENIUS. Leave it to a 16-year-old.
If you're crushing hard on a Twitter pal and want to see if they might want to take things to the next level, give Twinder a follow. It might just be a match made in heaven. Aw.