Tinder

Tinder is a location-based social discovery app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users. It is used for dating as well as other kinds of networking.

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WHO OWNS IT?

Sean Rad and Justin Mateen are co-founders from New York.

History

Tinder first launched at a University of Southern California party, and expanded to other college campuses.

Tinder won TechCrunch's Crunchie Award for "Best New Startup of 2013."

WHAT DOES IT DO?

Users download Tinder on their smartphones and can set up a profile with their Facebook. They can choose which pictures to use, and other information about them such as their 'likes' on Facebook are shown.They then view profiles of people around them and can choose 'like' or 'nope' for each profile. When both people 'like' each other, they are matched and can chat to each other via instant message services on the application.

Proximity radius can be changed from 2km to 100km to narrow down selections.

STRENGHTS/WEAKNESSES

The strengths are that the app can connect you to people at your college campus/around you. It can be used for social networking, or as a dating profile to meet companions.

The weaknesses are that applications like these do not normally last for long, and are often out of trend within a couple of months.

PLATFORM

Tinder runs on the Apple IOS and Android platforms currently.

There is no cost to using Tinder for the user

SIMILAR TOOLS?

There are many similar online dating apps available for free, like Tinder, such as Krush for Android, Zoosk, Mamba, HowAboutWe and Grindr.

Tinder is partnered with Facebook to retrieve Facebook photos and information for profiles.