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After Whatsapp, its LoveApp: Tinder & Grindr

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By Ridham Gambhir

With apps like Shaadi.com and Jeevansaathi, finding a prospective life partner became easy and well facilitated. But who knew that apps such as Tinder and Grindr would emanate and make dating an experience similar to shopping on Flipkart or Myntra? Search for what you like, swipe right and left and get interesting recommendations from the app itself.

Tinder, a social networking app was initially released in 2012. This ‘swipe app’ enables its users to swipe right on a photo for a potentially good match and left, so as to move to the next one.

The online dating app was a huge trend in UK and the US but now it has takers in India too. A sign of our emancipating nature, maybe? The app is authenticated with Facebook login and Instagram account. Users add a short description about themselves, upload a few photos and mutual friends between a user and his/her potential match is also listed.

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With Facebook, users have to maintain a certain ‘personality’ and dignity in accordance with the friends they have in their profile. Moreover, that site is not ‘hook-up oriented’ while Tinder is. People who join Tinder, do it with the sole motto of finding’ ‘true love’ or a probable partner. Such an e-version of ‘love’ has given people experience that is cherished by some and detested by others.

“When I first heard of it, it seemed funny to me. How can somebody find love photos and  a small description. But little did I know, that I would find my love through this app. The idea of meeting someone totally unknown to you, does seem dangerous but then one chance is worth it.” says Viraj Pandey, a 21-yr old male from Delhi.

With true love a few clicks, rather a few “swipes” away, some have had a bad experience too. Ayesha 140421_POL_Dating_jpg_CROP_promo-mediumlarge

Kaul, a 23-yr old girl from Noida, was shocked to meet her date, who had claimed to be unmarried but was married and a father of a boy.

Such applications do not guarantee love, but surely an experience one would remember all their lives. After all, going on a not-so-blind date might be a good idea!

 

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Tinder Rolling out a Photo Verification Service to Curb Catfishing

Additionally, Tinder has also announced a partnership with safety app Noonlight to give US-based users free access to the app

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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India. (Representational image). VOA

Location-based dating service major Tinder is rolling out a photo verification service, which it says will help ensure every match is who they say they are.

“Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we are dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder said in a statement on Thursday.

The feature allows members to self-authenticate through a series of real-time posed selfies, which are compared to existing profile photos using human-assisted AI technology.

Tinder Dating App. (Representational image). Pixabay

Verified profiles will display a blue checkmark so members can trust their authenticity.

The feature is currently testing in select markets and will continue becoming more widely available throughout 2020.

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Additionally, Tinder has also announced a partnership with safety app Noonlight to give US-based users free access to the app.

The on-demand integration will allow members to share details about upcoming dates via Noonlight’s Timeline feature, including who they are meeting, where and when, with the ability to easily and discreetly trigger emergency services if they are feeling uneasy or in need of assistance via the Noonlight app. (IANS)