Tinder, but for books

Or more accurately, Bumble, but for media you’ve consumed lately.

You’re likely aware of Tinder and Bumble, popular dating apps where you choose a potential date based off images of a person. The suggestion is, you should usually keep the photos of yourself within the last 3 months, as you don’t want to meet the person and look different than was in your photos.

Enough about that — that’s boring. I like people who read books, I’m always interested to hear what books you’ve read recently, be it a friend, or more. Which led me to the idea of a better tinder — one where instead of profile photos of yourself, it’s a list of the books you’ve consumed over the last 3 months.

I’ll take it a step further, as an old friend visiting town last week reminded me of an app I had built over 5 years ago called mymediamemory. The intention of that app was to be your memory of media you’ve consumed, in 4 categories — books, movies, tv shows, and video games. He mentioned he was upset it went away, as it had a lot of his memory of these media in an easy to use format. Last week I posted on social media:

When I posted it, I got a few comments in the various places I posted it, that there just might be something there. Some said they also had the idea, some say they would use it. So here we are, let’s see if there is interest in building this thing. I would love an excuse to revive my mediamemory, and this seems like the perfect excuse, and a tool that would be perfect for such a platform.

If you’re interested, I’m going to host an open discussion on jitsi, which is an open source alternative to Skype or Zoom. If you’re going to join the discussion, please bring to the conversation where you’d like to see the project going, and what you’re willing and able to contribute.

Details:
Date: April 28, 2019 (Kiss your mate day!)
Time: 13:00 Pacific Time
Location: https://meet.jit.si/tinderforbooks
(please test your webcam and microphone in advance on this website!)