However, its most recent update included features (such as the ability to view profiles of individuals who aren’t in your local area or undo an accidental swipe) that can only be accessed by a monthly subscription fee to an upgraded version of Tinder called Tinder Plus.
Now Tinder also limits the previously unlimited number of right swipes that you can make in a set time period unless you pay the monthly fee.
The focus that Tinder places on appearances has meant that the app has gained a reputation for being a “hook-up” app.
While there are definitely stories about people meeting their significant others on Tinder, those stories tend to be the exception rather than the rule!
Its simplicity has been part of what makes it so attractive to its users – using geolocation, the app shows users profiles of their preferred gender and age-range within a set geographical area.
Profiles consist only of a first name, an age, a 500-character description, and up to six photos.
If the user likes a profile they “swipe right” and if they don’t, they “swipe left”.
The app only allows users to exchange messages if two users match by both swiping right on each other.
You browse matches through a variety of different algorithms (including “my matches”; “locals”; “ultra match”; or “meet me”), and can choose to view their profiles, send messages, or hit a non-committal “meet them” button.From your list of matches, you are able to browse others’ profiles and send messages to the people that interest you.It was actually mind-boggling how many of the different apps I downloaded had a design similar to Tinder’s, complete with swipe right/swipe left directions.These apps put their own spin on the idea of mobile dating, as both focus on the importance of an eventual in-person connection rather than online messaging.These apps may not be super popular yet, but apps like these (ones that use mobile platforms to facilitate in-person connections) could easily end up being the future of online dating.
Even for devoted Tinder users, this update has been a bit of a disillusionment and many are now looking for an app to take its place.