Reboot your love life: Modern-day matchmaker experiments with online dating project


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One Perth woman has decided to use a mix-and-match approach of social media and old-fashioned introductions to help her friends, and their friends, find love.

Inspired by a successful matchmaking effort a few years ago, Brooke Lingard has developed a new online project called My Friend’s Friend.

“I went out to a quiz night and a friend of mine brought her friend with her,” Ms Lingard said.

“She was amazing so I ended up setting her up on a date with my husband’s friend and it all worked.

“It’s something that I’ve always had in the back of my mind that I want to do and now I’ve made a way that I can do it.”

How it works

At the centre of Ms Lingard’s project is a Facebook profile Lucy, who would-be daters can add as friend.

Ms Lingard then looks through their profile to get an idea of their likes and dislikes and pairs them with another of Lucy’s friends.

Each person then gets an introduction message and details of when and where they should meet face to face.

It is early days, but so far Ms Lingard said she was excited about how the project was going.

“I think a lot of people are not wanting to go on Tinder and things like that,” she said.

“Some people just don’t have time for online dating.”

What does your social profile say about you?

But can people be successfully matched based on their social media profiles?

“I think you put your best foot forward on social media,” Ms Lingard said.

“And when you go on a first date you put your best foot forward too.”

She stressed that she did not go over profiles with a fine-toothed comb.

“You just see the things they enjoy doing and you match people’s likes and dislikes,” she said.

“But it can be quite loose because I think opposites attract.”

And so far she said the feedback she had received had only been positive.

“[One couple] they have gone on a second date. That’s all I need to know,” she said.

“I will be following up every date because I want to dance at their wedding one day.”

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