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Tinder: Hot new app / A digital match-maker

By Nate Sorrentino


Ask anyone with an iPhone these days what the new hot app in the marketplace is, and they will probably tell you it’s “Tinder.”

For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, you should probably stop reading now in order to avoid the irresistible urge to download it after hearing about it.

Tinder, unlike other “hot or not” dating apps, connects to your Facebook profile to alleviate “catfishing” concerns of whether a potential match is real or not.

The app allows users to use their Facebook photos to set a profile picture and choose  up to four additional photos that will be seen on users’ mini-profiles.

When you log onto the app, various mini-profiles of others pop up and you either drag it to the left if you have no interest in them or to the right if you do.

If you also pop up on their screen and they deem you worthy of their presence, both of you get a notice of a match and are connected to each other so you can chat, most likely for the purpose of discussing world politics or the state of the economy, as I’m sure the developers initially intended.

You can also set the geographical proximity for your potential matches, so if you feel that “spark,” meeting up wouldn’t be out of the question.

“I can’t imagine myself ever talking to a girl seriously on Tinder, but I have had some hilarious conversations and it is definitely one of the most fun games right now,” said sophomore chemistry major Taylor Horsefield.

The app was created by Sean Rad and Justin Mateen through IAC’s Hatch Labs last fall.  However, the app has just now begun to explode. According to the Wall Street Journal, the app has well over 100,000 users checking in daily, which is a growth of 750 percent in the past month.

The app is also working well to help users find whatever there is to find on Tinder, as there have been 10 million matches formed with 70 percent of them ending in two-way conversations, according to Rad.



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