Another Facebook related dating website/app that’s gaining huge popularity (especially among the stalker community) is Tinder, launched earlier this year. Tinder finds out who likes you nearby, and connects you with them if you’re also interested. Think Grindr for heterosexuals.
Mashable reported that the app’s membership is at 20 million and growing, probably because it’s very easy to join, simple to use, and is highly addictive.
Simply log on via Facebook and the app generates your online dating profile for you. Then, it uses GPS to find potential matches near you. Cycle through potential partners, and click the green heart on profiles of those you’re interested in. Otherwise, click a red “X,” and you’ll move on to the next profile. If you’re a match with someone (you both clicked green hearts on your profiles) Tinder will send you a notification and set you up in a private chat. (Keep it clean folks.)
The whole Tinder experience is designed to be familiar and emulate the way we interact in real life—digitally reproduced, enhanced, and made mobile, according to its website. The Tinder app is currently available for both the iPhone and Android platforms.
But with great Tindering (yep, Tinder is apparently a verb) comes great responsibility. You need to Tinder wisely. So much so that Huffington Post recently posted The Unwritten Rules of Tinder to help you take your love game to the NEXT LEVEL and become a Tinder master. It’s worth a look and includes such useful gems like: “Be good-looking,” and “If you have a friend who is hotter than you, use a photo of both of you,” and “Don’t drink and tinder,” and “Don’t use Tinder to fall in love. It’s strictly for hookups.”
One thing they don’t mention is that your Facebook friends will probably know you’re using the app, so Tinder with care.