Tinder, the wildly popular "dating" app, won't be confused with Match.com or eHarmony.com any time soon. That doesn't seem to bother the thousands of users the app gains with each passing hour or day.
Yes, the word "dating" is in quotes because Tinder isn't so much dating as it is scouting. The premise behind Tinder isn't one deeply rooted in desire and doesn't take the time to make sure matches are made in heaven using expert criteria such a love of dogs, canoeing or romantic movies.
Tinder is whimsical, topical and is hardly grounds for a pending marriage. And that's perfectly alright with users.
Tinder takes a page out of the Facebook playbook and is rather simple in nature. Tinder shows a list of singles within a certain-mile radius once you sign in with the aforementioned Facebook or Twitter. While not many details are given, users are provided a series of thumbnail photos and asked whether they "like" or "don't like" a particular person.
If both parties choose "like," then the back-and-forth chatter begins. That aspect of Tinder doesn't need tinkered with and actually is quite endearing to users since it warts off unwanted messages. If both parties aren't equally interested in pursuing anything beyond an initial photo for photo showdown, the dating dance ends.
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