Tinder is releasing a new update that pretty much changes the entire way the app works and we can't quite decide how we feel about it.
It's fair to say that Tinder has a lot of cons - weird weird bios, even weirder profile pics and a severe lack of normal conversation, to name but a few. But one thing that has been the app's massive pro, is the basic premise of matching.
Tinder has always been a mystery - you would only ever know if someone liked you if you liked them back and there was a match (and vice versa). Basically a minimal sense of rejection. But now, Tinder is launching the Super Like - a new button that allows you to make it extra clear you like someone. A sort of 'Heeey! Look at me! I'm keen, are you keen? If you right swipe me we'll be a match!'.
As well as a left swipe and right swipe, there will be an up swipe motion, which shows you Super Like someone (you can also choose to tap on a new blue star icon to Super Like). If someone has Super Liked you, their profile will show up with a blue footer, as pictured below.
For any Happn users out there - it's similar to the 'Charm' function, by the sounds of it. The main difference would be that there are no notifications and that users will only get a a limited number of Super Likes, to make sure people aren't just Super liking all over the place.
"A 'like', or 'Swipe Right' has long served as an anonymous way to express interest in someone, similar to a glance across the room," said Sean Rad, CEO of Tinder. "Because they're so limited in number, a Super Like, or a 'swipe up', sends a more powerful signal, conveying an especially high level of interest.
"People like to know that someone finds them special, and we think this will lead to even better matches. In this and future product releases we're focused on maintaining the incredible fun of the Tinder community while providing our users with better tools for making great connections."
We can see what they're getting at, but the whole idea of Tinder is that there's no real sense of desperation or rejection, because no-one knows who likes who. Will anyone actually want to put themselves out there and show they Super Like someone? It could also get pretty dangerous during those drunken 1am swiping sessions - "I Super Like YOU and I Super Like YOU and I Super Like YOU…".
The new function will be available to users in Australia from today (lucky us!) and is expected to roll out globally later this year.
Source: Cosmo UK