Finding Tinder not so Tender? Meet Hinge

Looks like Tinder finally has some competition. The next big thing is called Hinge, and the buzz is that it’s set to blow up bigger than the uber-popular Tinder any day now. If you haven’t heard about it yet, Tinder is the free dating app that plays like a card game; you swipe right on people’s profiles that you are interested in, and swipe left for those that don’t make the cut. Once you swipe right, if the other person swipes right on you, it’s a match. Once you are matched up, the app allows you to direct message each other. What happens from there is up to you.

Hinge is similar to Tinder in the fact that they are both free apps that work in conjunction with your Facebook page, and allow you to browse through the pictures of potential matches. The difference is that Tinder allows users to solely see pictures, mutual interests and mutual Facebook friends whereas Hinge asks you for more details. Right under your picture you can include vital information like your age, what city you live in, what college you attended and where you work. If you find it important, you can even state your religious views.

Hinge uses your information from Facebook to create your profile, and it matches you through friends of your Facebook friends. This is a good way to authenticate that someone is who they say they are; however this may inspire you to clean up your Facebook pages before starting with the app. Currently the app will run the past 25 profile pictures. So you may not want that bad haircut from 2009 popping up on your Hinge. You have control over all of that though. The only drawbacks may be if you keep ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends or other “frien-emies” on your Facebook. Being matched up with their friends may be awkward, so you may look twice at your friends list before signing up.

Hinge also listens to you in terms and pays attention to who you are swiping left. The app tracks what you are not looking for and what you are interested in, so that it can send you more of the matches that you want. Hinge just launched in San Francisco back in January, so it is still very new but so far its future looks bright. This app is currently available for both Android and iOS.


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