According to TechCrunch, the people behind Tinder have been trialling an invite-only version of the app called Tinder Select for about six months.
Some people were invited to join the new platform, and then those chosen ones were able to ‘nominate’ others. But in order to keep the group small and special, those who get nominated can’t automatically nominate other people.
It’s unsure what the criteria is to be selected, but TechCrunch says “the common thread among those on the Select app is that they’re generally attractive and relatively high-profile.”
There are also reports people get chosen if they have high ‘Elo scores,’ which is basically Tinder’s internal rating system for users. Co-founder Sean Rad told Fast Company the Elo scores measured ‘desirability,’ not attractiveness. “It’s not just how many people swipe right on you,” he said. “It’s very complicated. It took us two-and-a-half months just to build the algorithm because a lot of factors go into it.”
As for how the app looks, the interface is apparently much sleeker and more mature than regular ol’ Tinder – think navy blue gradients instead of red, and a ‘S’ logo instead of the Tinder flame.
Tinder Select is not an original concept. There are already a few apps out there that try to keep the options small, hot, rich and famous – like Raya, where you can submit an application to join, but probs won’t get in (sorry).
We’ll have to wait and see if Tinder Select actually becomes a thing. Until then…