Tinder app is a location-based social search mobile app that allows users to like (swipe right) or dislike (swipe left) other users, and allows users to chat if both parties swiped to the right (a match). The app is often used as a hookup app. Information available to the users is based on pictures from Facebook, a short bio that users write themselves, and optionally, a linked Instagram or Spotify account.
Originally developed by Hatch Labs, the app was launched in 2012. By 2014, it was registering about one billion swipes per day. Tinder is among the first swiping apps, whose users employ a swiping motion to choose photos of other users, swiping right for potentially good matches and swiping left on a photo to move to the next one.
THE dating app Tinder now has millions of users looking for love and has helped thousands of people find their perfect partner.
So, if you’re looking for love how does it work and how can users stay safe? Here’s what you need to know.
Tinder is a free app available on both iOS and Android that allows users to view potential suitors within a pre-determined radius and age bracket – ranging from 18 upwards.
Daters can swipe right to “like” a profile and left to reject it.
Two people who have “liked” each other’s profiles are deemed a match, and can begin messaging via the app.
The app includes the option to unmatch and delete other users, and report people who may have been offensive.
Users must be aged over 18 and have a Facebook account to join Tinder.
The app has now integrated optional Instagram and Spotify features which display images and songs from a particular person’s profile.
Research has revealed that there are 50million active users on Tinder who check their accounts 11 times per day and spend an average of 90 minutes per day on the app, reported Marie Claire.
The app is now available in 196 countries around the world, and it is estimated to make up to hundreds of matches every second.
When signing up, you give personal information such as your name and age – this is the bare minimum.
You then upload photos and choose your favourite to be your main image.
You can write a little about yourself or leave it blank – this is where people get creative.
After selecting what gender you’re interested in and an age and distance range, you’re ready to swipe.
Clicking on someone’s picture will bring up their full profile, and Tinder has added new features such as ‘superlikes’, although the number of free like swipes is limited per day.
If someone superlikes you, you will get a notification even if you have never seen their profile, and you can choose to respond.
For others, if you’ve liked a person or they’ve liked you, once the other party presses like as well, you get a match.
You will both be notified and then it’s up to one of you to make the first move.