Now that Tinder is charging for its services, it might be time to turn to one of the many other dating apps available.Since its 2012 launch, Tinder has quickly become one of the most popular forms of online dating.
If the user likes a profile they “swipe right” and if they don’t, they “swipe left”.The app only allows users to exchange messages if two users match by both swiping right on each other.However, its most recent update included features (such as the ability to view profiles of individuals who aren’t in your local area or undo an accidental swipe) that can only be accessed by a monthly subscription fee to an upgraded version of Tinder called Tinder Plus.Now Tinder also limits the previously unlimited number of right swipes that you can make in a set time period unless you pay the monthly fee.Bumble (i OS only): Bumble was actually created by an employee of Tinder after she left the company, and was created with an intent to discourage gender issues in online dating.
Bumble includes almost all of the same features as Tinder, but has two key differences – women are the only ones who can message a match first, and if they don’t message within twenty-four hours of matching the match disappears.
In fact, even the classic apps often had an option to do this kind of matching with others!
These copycat apps follow Tinder’s design almost exactly, but with a twist or two to make them unique.
Even for devoted Tinder users, this update has been a bit of a disillusionment and many are now looking for an app to take its place.
I spent some time this week doing some research (sadly, none of which ended in a date) on the best free alternatives to Tinder currently on the market – the classics, the copy-cats, the creative, and the crazy – because at some point, we’re all going to run out of right swipes and need another app to turn to!
Its simplicity has been part of what makes it so attractive to its users – using geolocation, the app shows users profiles of their preferred gender and age-range within a set geographical area.