Tinder is an online dating app that started in 2012. When it first came out, it was often used as a hookup app. Today, it’s considered one of the most popular dating apps and sites for meeting new people. About 50 million people from 196 countries use Tinder, and 10 million of them are daily active users. As of January 2018, about 20 million matches have been made by Tinder.
Tinder uses Facebook to build a profile of the user with a photo they’ve already uploaded. It analyzes and gathers information from users’ Facebook accounts and social graphs. It then matches users based on their geographical locations, shared interests, number of mutual friends. People who are interested in using Tinder can’t join if they don’t have a Facebook account.
Tinder is one of the first apps to use the “swinging” feature. The app’s algorithm finds compatible matches for the user. The user then has the option to swipe right or left. Swiping right means that the user “likes” the potential match while swiping left would let them continue looking at other matches.
This integration lets the user access other user’s Instagram profiles.
This feature allows the user to see if they have mutual Facebook friends with a match. It can also show if they have separate friends who are friends with each other.
Availing Tinder Plus removes ads, and users can ‘rewind’ on matches they’ve last swiped left on. It also includes unlimited likes, five ‘super likes’ daily, and a free ‘boost’ each month. It gives a user a passport to swipe around the world.
Tinder Gold is one of the newest features of Tinder. It was introduced globally in August 2017. It has all the same features as Tinder Plus, but it has an added feature. It lets the user see who liked them before swiping. Users who already have Tinder Plus would only need to add about $5 a month to upgrade to Tinder Gold.
The Tinder Boost is a feature that enables the user’s profile to be seen a lot more than usual for 30 minutes. It sends the user’s profile near the top of potential matches’ swiping queue. Tinder claims that using this feature can get a user up to 10x more matches.
Tinder has just recently launched a web version. Users can now access Tinder on their computers (PC or Mac) without the need of downloading the app. Tinder Online’s design is relatively the same. The only difference is that the desktop version is optimized for messaging. Users can view their matches’ profiles while chatting.
Tinder just announced this year that they’re working on new features such as Feed, Loops, Places, and Message First. They haven’t given any details about the said features. But, the announcement has surely excited many Tinder users and it’s expected that there’ll be many new users registering after the release.
Finding love nowadays is easier and faster. There are numerous dating sites and apps that spring up one after another. Among all of them, Tinder stands out in many ways. It could have some drawbacks, but its developers continuously come up with new features.
Tinder is free to download and use, but there are some available upgrades that requires money. The big question is, “Is Tinder worth paying for?” Upgrading will definitely give anyone more ‘play’ on Tinder. Upgrading to Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus will give anyone an edge and more choices. For users who would like more ‘action’ or would like more preferences on Tinder, upgrading is the way to go. It doesn’t matter if someone decides on to use Tinder to have fun and use it for free or to find true love using upgraded features; it really is worth trying.