Women tend to get messaged much more frequently than men on online dating services, and if their inboxes are so full as to be actually unmanageable, the service becomes worthless.Being able to control who sends you messages means Tinder evades that problem. The most famous of these is probably Humanitarians of Tinder, which collects images of Tinder users whose photos portray them interacting with poor residents of developing countries, presumably in an attempt to show off their own empathy for the less fortunate. But my personal favorite is Adam Langlois's Hello Let's Date, where he manages to turn Tinder into a platform for dark, vaguely surrealist jokes, mostly at his own expense.So here's a brief guide to the app, its history, and its immature (and sometimes worse than immature) management.(Session M survey results) Tinder is an app for i OS (i Phone, i Pod Touches, i Pads, etc.) and Android devices meant to make it easy to meet new people.Tinder cofounder Justin Mateen has said that in the early days of the app, over 90 percent of users were between 18 and 24, so it's been getting older over time.That 18-24 figure includes many college students, and a number of observers have argued that Tinder is noticeably changing the dynamics of college dating at a number of campuses.The company told the Los Angeles Times' Paresh Dave in November that it had 30 million users; the number has likely grown significantly since then.
52 percent of Tinder users are between 18 and 24, and 33 percent are between 25 and 34.Disturbingly, scam artists seem to have taken a liking to the platform.But by far Tinder's biggest problems to date have had to do with cybersecurity.Each match appears looking initially like the picture below on the left, from which one can pull up profile details, which display like the screen on the right: Users have two options when presented with a potential match: swipe right on the phone/tablet's touch screen (or, alternately, press the button with a heart on it) to signal interest in meeting the match; or swipe left (or press the button with a red X on it) if not interested.If both users swipe right / click the heart, then Tinder opens up a chat thread for the two of them.In a little over two years, the match total has grown 5,000-fold.Tinder is not just a US phenomenon; according to parent company IAC, about two thirds of Tinder users are overseas.Matches with whom you share Facebook friends or interests show up earlier.At any given moment, the main page of Tinder will show a potential match, whose images, interests, mutual friends, and description one can browse.Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano of The Mindy Project in their Tinder profiles/ads for the show.Probably the funniest problem Tinder's run into is that it's become so popular with celebrities that they've had to implement verification for notable users, so that, say, Lindsay Lohan (a confirmed Tinder user) doesn't have to convince matches that she is, in fact, Lindsay Lohan.