A few years ago, online dating was something that was talked about in hushed tones. Only desperate people visited dating websites, and when they did, they erased on traces of their wandering in the “Land of the Pathetic”. Fast forward to today and everything has changed. It’s now cool to look for your perfect match online. Thanks to Tinder.
What is Tinder?
Tinder is a free location-based dating app that matches people based on their mutual liking of each other. Once you express your interest in someone, the person is notified. If they are interested in starting a conversation, they like you back. Tinder calls this a match. This opens up a private chat line for the 2 of you to chat.
Fast facts about Tinder:
- Tinder was launched on September 12, 2012
- More than 8 Billion matches have been made on Tinder since it’s launch.
- 26 Million matches are made every day.
With such statistics, Tinder must be doing something right. It could be that this is the cyber Cupid everyone has been waiting for. Of all the best dating apps out there, this could be the one. Perhaps it’s time you set up an account and find your right match too.
Setting Up a Tinder Account
Setting up a Tinder account is easy. And no, it’s not just for creepy sociopaths who can’t find love. Tinder is actually a social site, which is what makes it different to the other “in your face” dating sites. Ready to get your profile up and attractive? Let’s roll.
1. Download the Tinder App
You can download the app from the App Store if you are an Apple user or Google Play Store if you are on Android.
2. Open Tinder and Login With Facebook
It’s easier if you have the Facebook app on your device. If not, you will have to enter your Facebook email address and password for Tinder to access your Facebook profile.
3. Make Sure Location settings for Your Device are On
One of Tinder’s criteria for matching people is location.
4. Choose to Receive Notifications, or Not
If you choose to allow notifications, Tinder will keep you up to date on everything that is happening on your account.
After this, your profile will be generated using information from your Facebook account. But this doesn’t mean your profile is perfect. Far from it.
How Tinder Works – A Few Basics
Like all social media apps, Tinder is a breeze to get a hang of. Once your profile is set, you can view other people’s profiles.
- If you like someone, swipe right or click on the green heart. If you are not interested, swipe left or click on the red “X”.
- If you want to know more about a person before swiping your interest or disinterest, you can click on their profile photo. This will open up their entire profile and give you access to their photo gallery.
- When you find a profile that blows you away, Tinder has released a new feature called “super like”. This is the blue star under the person’s profile.
How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Match on Tinder
1. Put Your Best Foot Forward. Ahem, I Mean Photo.
This may seem obvious but believe me, when it comes to “best photos” some people terribly misinterpret that. Remember, you are “apping” with strangers. People who don’t know you. Therefore choose your profile photo very carefully. Your friends may appreciate your ripped bare upper body, but will a stranger? Probably not. In short, your photo must depict the real you – your personality.
After you’ve uploaded your profile photo, add other photos from your camera roll. This will help people (read that potential dates) see your life in pictures. Remember, a picture speaks a thousand words.
2. Say What? Use Your Bio Wisely
You have 500 characters to tell your potential match about yourself. According to Tinder, they did this so you don’t ramble on. So what exactly do you say in your bio? Nothing cheesy for one. Your bio should depict who you are, what your interests are, and a touch of your personality. Humor is always good. Sarcasm? A big no.
3. Be Involved
The more active you are on Tinder, the more prominent your profile becomes in other people’s feeds, thereby increasing your chances of getting a match. Don’t just sign up for a Tinder account and wait for the magic to happen. This is the real world, for magic to happen, you have to make it happen.
I Got a Match, What Do I Do?
First, let me tell you what not to do. Don’t freak out. Next, be yourself. Then, take things slow (don’t rush into proposing) and be courteous. And finally, if things seem to be working well, be bold enough to make the next move, if not, be brave enough to admit it.
Tinder – Fired Up and Ready for Love
I’m sure you are fired up and rearing to meet new people on Tinder. No need to wait for some mystic sign to show you what to do. Take out your smart device, click on the Tinder app already and fire it up.