If you have ever worried that the you’ve spent on Twitter have been wasted, think again. You’ve been feeding a machine that could help find you the love of your life.
Dating app Loveflutter, which works in a very similar way to Tinder and launched in 2014, believes it can match potential partners by analysing their Twitter profiles for compatibility.
The language people use on social media and in conversations can be a key indicator of personality. But until now there hasn’t been a way to analyse two people’s individual speech and their interactions together in real time to see their chances of connecting romantically.
Loveflutter is hoping to change this by introducing artificial intelligence to its app that can analyse personality traits from users’ Twitter profiles and conversations to establish a compatibility score.
“It’s good to explore different innovations in dating because the looks focus has got a bit tired,” said Daigo Smith, founder of Loveflutter. “We think Twitter gives a really good display of your personality. It’s a ready made way to show who you are.”
The app has teamed up with Receptiviti, a firm that uses artificial intelligence to analyse language, to match language styles and create a compatability score from users’ tweets and conversations.
“Lanaguage analysis is an exciting area that hasn’t been explored in dating before,” said Smith. “What people use on their profiles and how they interact once they get chatting.”
Loveflutter plans to add pre- and post-match compatibility scores to its app before the end of the year, Smith said. The app will also be able to suggest when users should stop chatting and go on a date, based on how their conversation progresses.
It isn’t the first company to glean personality information from social media. Political campaigns and marketing companies alike use similar methods to target voters and customer online. But Loveflutter will be the first dating app to use the technology.
Given the tendency for people to present different versions of themselves across social media, it isn’t clear if Twitter behaviour corresponds exactly to real-life personality.
Ahead of its launch later this year, users can test the technology through an online tool Loveflutter and Receptiviti have created that analyses personality based on tweets.
It asks users to enter their Twitter handle so it can scan for a range of personality traits including Type A or Type B, levels of happiness and depression, persuasiveness and independence.
For those who require a second opinion, IBM has a similar tool that uses Watson, the Jeopardy! beating AI machine, to analyse personality based on text samples.
As a first step towards personality matching users, Loveflutter today announced Twitter integration, meaning users can log in through the 140-character social network. They can also add their 10 most recent tweets to their profile, giving potential dates an indication of their online personality.
Loveflutter currently has around 1 million users, around 330,000 of whom are based in the UK.