Tinder is a new game for people with smartphones and faces. Well, it’s not technically a game; it’s sort of a dating app, but it behaves like a game, asks if you want to “keep playing” and generally seems to have positioned itself somewhere between Angry Birds and Grindr.
The idea behind Tinder is that it’s a fast, fun way to find people you love nearby. It was recommended to me by a colleague who has been a local Tinder champion for a few weeks now and within minutes of my first match, I felt like I won the match. Here’s how I did it …
Downloaded the application. It’s free. I already like this game.
Logged in using Facebook. This is required, but usefully, Tinder doesn’t broadcast that you’re a lonely b ***** d on your timeline or anything.
Choose a flattering photo. You can only choose photos from your Facebook page, which makes it quite difficult to tamper with your appearance.
I started to search. Boom. That’s it. Tinder imports your ‘About Me’ section (if you have one), as well as your likes, interests, and Facebook friends, so you don’t have to fill out a long dating profile. All that is displayed for matches are your photos, age and common interests or mutual friends, if you have any.
Consulted Yoann’s profile. Yoann is located 100 km from me and his face is a bit melting so I don’t like him.
‘Keep playing?’ Tinder asks. YES.
Saw Tom’s profile. The photos of Tom show that he has a beautiful face, a nice shirt and a beautiful cat. I love Tom.
Matched with Tom. Tom tastes good and loved me too. Play on…
I looked at Pete’s profile. Pete has a skull tattooed on his cheek. I don’t like Pete.
‘Keep playing’. Seen Ali’s profile. Ali went to Thailand, which is original. However, he has a nice jawline and a penchant for costumes. I love Ali.
Received a message from Tom. “Hello, how are you making the most of the time? 🙂 ‘
I replied to Tom. “Hi Tom, I like the weather! But don’t like emoticons.
Matched with Ali. Ali loves me too. You are only notified that someone loves you if and when you love them too, so there is no annoying rejection. Unless you reply to people with arched messages, which I keep doing.
‘Keep playing’. I am good at this game.
I looked at James’s profile. Ooh, James and I have a mutual friend on Facebook! Oh, it’s my mother. Keep playing …
I liked Oli’s profile. Oli and I have two common interests: Dinah Washington and Lolita. We may have to get married.
Matched with Oli. I’m so good at this game.
I changed my location preferences. From now on, I am looking for men within a mile of my location.
Accidentally saw the profiles of several men in my office. I may have reduced my location preferences too much.
Message received from Oli. I hear the wedding bells …
To conclude, Tinder is a game full of people (mostly young) who secretly want to meet online but don’t quite have cojones. It’s quick, and while the novelty will likely wear off in an afternoon, it’s easy to feel you’ve won the game before you retire, largely because everyone is excited and / or alone. Play on…
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