What is Tinder and how does the mobile app work?
What is Tinder?Tinder is an application for the smartphone where everything revolves around online dating. The app's main function is to bring its users into contact with each other. Tinder was released on September 12, 2012 and was an instant worldwide success. In December 2015, Tinder had more than 50 million users worldwide and this is estimated to increase. This makes it one of the biggest players when it comes to online dating.
How does the app work?Tinder users create a profile and then search for other users to find their ultimate dream partner. For this, 'swipe technology' is used. The user will then see different profiles of other users with the appropriate photo. By dragging (swiping) the photo to the left or right, you can choose between 'nice' and 'not' nice '. When two users like each other's photos, they are notified that there is a match. At the moment they can come into contact with each other through a chat window.
The unique thing about Tinder is that the app uses GPS tracking. The location where the user is located is tracked and other users are searched for in a certain radius. The distance in which the app searches for other profiles can be determined by the user (for example, within a radius of 50 km). This allows the user to decide whether he / she wants to get to know someone who lives nearby or not.
Another easy feature of the app is to search for information on the user's Facebook profile. When creating an account on Tinder, the app will look for information about that person by using his / her Facebook profile. Photos shown on Facebook will also be used to put on the Tinder profile. After creating an account, the user can still adjust these photos.
Its free?Tinder is completely free to download and use, although there are packages that have been paid for. 'Tinder plus', the paid version of Tinder, has some functions that are not available in the free version. In this way one can undo 'swipes' whereby one has accidentally 'swiped' a certain profile to the wrong side. Another function is the unlimited liking of other profiles. When the app was only launched, this was possible for everyone. However, after the arrival of Tinder plus a limit has been set on the maximum number of likes that one can perform in the free version. This limitation is time-dependent, so that after a certain period of time, other profiles can be liked. Users of the free version can swipe up to 100 photos. After this one has to wait 12 hours before you can swipe photos again.
How do I start online dating through Tinder?Getting started with Tinder is fairly easy and is possible for anyone with a smartphone. To start, you can download the app from the Google Playstore and iPhone users can download it from the app store. After downloading and installing the app, the user is supposed to create a profile. You must follow the steps to obtain a profile. When the profile is created, you can get started with 'liking' and 'disliking' other profile photos.
Watch out! You also need a Google account to download apps from the Google Playstore. When you open the Google Playstore on a smartphone, you will see various apps that you can download. In the search bar at the top of the window you can search for the app you want to download, but when you want to do this, Google will ask you to log in first. If you already have a Google account, simply enter your personal details and log in. If you do not have an account yet, one must be created. Hereby click on 'create a new account' and follow the steps.
Users of an iPhone also have to create an account at Apple's app store. Just like with the Google Playstore, you must follow the steps that are indicated. After this one can download the app to the iPhone.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Tinder?The success of Tinder has a lot to do with the fact that it is free. However, the app has even more advantages than this.
Other benefits of Tinder are:
- It is easy to use
- People can quickly make a choice between fun and not fun
- The other user does not know whether you have liked or disliked him or her unless he or she has liked your profile and then sees that there is no match
- Only other users that people like can come in contact with the user
- The app was made for mobile smartphones and was incredibly well developed
However, Tinder also has its disadvantages:
- Users choose their match superficially
- As with most dating sites, many men are only about sex and nothing else
- Tinder can be addictive
- Despite the ease of use, it is difficult for some users to start a conversation with someone else.