LoveRoom: The Social Network For Sleeping With Strangers

LoveRoom invites users to seek out a room from another user--for free. The catch: You spend the night together.

The website LoveRoom officially launched its beta version today and as of this post's timestamp, has so far a grand total of 41 members. The site is advertising itself as "a platform where single people from all around the world can rent their living space to others they find attractive"--for free. They also claim that LoveRoom is the new way to find your soulmate. In this case, it seems "soulmate" is a euphemism for "come on over and spend the night with me--but only if you're good-looking."

Worried about sharing your room with a stranger? The founders have posted safety tips on "how to avoid creeps--and other wacked situations." The six pieces of advice include the blatantly obvious, like suggesting you research your potential roommate by Googling them, as well as the suggestion that you bring a friend with you to help ensure losers won't misbehave.

When you join LoveRoom, similar to OkCupid, you are prompted to answer questions about yourself--in this case, questions like "Tub or shower?" and "Carpet or hardwood?" so that other members can determine if they would like to share a room with you. Users can also upload photos, add friends, and send private messages. Like Airbnb, LoveRoom offer the option of choosing between a "private room," "shared room," or "entire room/apartment."

The founder is Josh Bocanegra, who came up with the idea for the site last month. He spoke with Forbes amid Internet hoopla surrounding the website a few weeks ago, before it had even launched. While the website is still in beta, Bocanegra said "The actual app, I'm not sure of yet. We're still looking for developers. Hopefully, we'll have it out by Valentine's Day."

In the meantime: Sign up at your own risk.

[Image via LoveRoom]

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6 Comments

  • Paul James

    I really don't care about an app that has 41 users. Write about something respectable!

  • Simon Cohen

    That doesn't make sense. Wouldn't you rather know about the next potential Pinterest or Twitter when it's in its infancy instead of later, when millions have already joined?

  • Paul James

    By this logic, there are hundreds of thousands of new startups every day around the world. Fast Company should clutter our feeds with all of them, regardless of what their business model is or what the chances are that they will become "the next Twitter" (which is like one in a billion). What's so different about this one?

    I've read a lot of great articles from Fast Company, but their standards are slipping. I wish the founder, Josh, the best, but these guys haven't even proved their concept yet, it's like a month old. It's a bit pre-mature to write about it. I'd rather read about the "next Twitter" as soon as they have proved their business model. Until then it's clutter.

  • mjon

    Are you stupid? The point isn't about the number of members but what this new social networking site is advocating.

  • Simon Cohen

    Well no offense meant, but if you only want to read about companies with proven business models, why not stick with WSJ or perhaps ABC News? Those outfits will be happy to tell you about a company right before it IPOs I'm sure. Fo me, I want hear about them when they start. Given the capricious nature of tech start-ups, I doubt anyone whether it's FC or another pub, is going to know which ones will do well and which will fail. So what they do for readers is bring us the interesting ones. And you've got to admit, Loveroom is interesting, even if you don't think it has a chance.