The softest rejection
How cool it would be if the rebuff you received would suddenly disappear from your mind? Better yet, to save you from the awkwardness of unknowingly receiving it again, how nice would it be if you would also forget about the person? Very nice! It would save your ego from the death it so worries about.
Tinder is a relative newcomer to the dating apps scene. But as saturated as it is, what can this new app bring us? Well simply said, that's simplicity. You are no longer tempted to check profile details (even if you never did that, you horny dog). What is left is a name and a handful of pictures that are one swipe away from being favored or damned by never meeting your eyes again.
Tinder turns random encounters into a raw experience. Sort of like browsing through a magazine while ripping pages that hold nothing of interest. It feels brutal and it is. But this apparent brutality is hidden behind a veil of anonymity. No one knows you're ripping pages apart. People are never notified of likes or dismissals. Actually profiles that have already voted you out will never appear on your screen.
Well, Tinder is mostly that. If ever two people like each other, Tinder will notify both and they will be able to chat. But otherwise, there's no profile searching, no gifts, no pokes or signals of any kind. This simplification feels fresh and will win hearts.
Another thing to like about Tinder is how it handles photos. Being that the only way to register is by using your Facebook account, Tinder will import the pictures from there. The elegant part is that it will only import your Facebook profile image. Additional images can be added selectively into a neatly organized tile screen. From there you can also set a new main picture.
- Matching – Tinder checks for other new profiles in your area depending on the distance you have selectp>
- Matches list – established matches can be organized into separate lists for easy managemenp>
- Messaging – You can chat with contacts that liked you alsp>
The idea of only showing relevant profiles is great, but the downside is that it will run out of steam fairly quick. When possible matches are exhausted you will be left with a white screen featuring your picture in the middle. And wait you will, until somebody new appears or somebody decides you are worthy of something more than being swiped off to the left.
- The whole matchmaking process is taken care of by Tinder.
- This anonymity can generate pleasant surprises.
- The control it offers over your pictures is exemplary (you hear that, Badoo?)
- Navigating through somebody's picture portfolio feels a bit clunky.
- Has a chance of becoming nothing more than an app with a blank screen after new contacts are exhausted.
Tinder is a brave new alternative for those who are tired of complicating their existence by checking endless preferences lists or those who have a problem with being glued to the random encounter screen.