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How Does Tinder Work?

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How Does Tinder Work?

Tinder is a dating app that was originally designed for use by people who are looking to hook up with other singles in their area. It’s now one of the most popular apps on the market, and it gives you access to many different users at once- as long as they’re within 50 miles of your location!

The best part about Tinder is how easy it makes finding someone new; all you have to do is log into your account from any smartphone or tablet device, swipe right if another user interests you (and vice versa), then chat away when both parties indicate interest.

How Does Tinder Work?

You’ve probably heard of Tinder but don’t know how it works? We can help!

Tinder is a location-based social networking application that allows users to swipe right if they are interested in meeting the user or swipe left if they’re not. If two people like each other, then Tinder matches them up and sets them on a chat thread so you can get to know one another better!

You swipe left or right to find other people nearby who are also interested in meeting new friends. Swiping one way means you’re not interested, and swiping the other way shows interest!

The quick left swipe is a LIKE – if they feel likewise then both parties will be notified about each others’ profile so they may initiate contact with an introduction message. If there’s no match made after some time has passed (or never), all content disappears into thin air until another random person comes along for someone else to fall head over heels for…

There are a lot of factors that affect how Tinder works. The major factors include:

  • Your location – The default Tinder location range is 50 miles (80 kilometers). If you’re in a bigger city, you might want to reduce your location to 20-30 miles, but if you live in a less populated area you can choose a longer distance (for finding more opportunities).
  • Your activity – If you rarely open your Tinder app, your profile will be shown LESS on other people’s profiles. However, if you use Tinder regularly, your profile will start showing more often.
  • The rate you swipe – If you constantly swipe right on every profile you see, the Tinder algorithm will see you as a spammer or robot, and your profile probably will be barely shown to others. Also, Tinder will show you fewer profiles to protect their integrity.
  • The rate people swipe on you – Many people believe that the more right swipes you get on your profile, the higher you are rated on the ‘Attractive’ scale, and thus less attractive profiles will not be shown to you.

What is your experience with the Tinder algorithm and how does it work for you?
Let us know in the comments below.



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