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    Tinder (application)

    Tinder is a location-based social discovery application that facilitates communication between mutually interested users.[1][2] The application (also available through App Store (iOS), Google Play and now on the Apple Watch) allows users to chat with their matches

    Developer(s) Tinder, Inc
    Initial release September 12, 2012
    Development status Active
    Operating system Apple iOS, Android
    Type Social networking
    Website http://www.gotinder.com

    How it works
    Using Facebook, Tinder is able to build a user profile with photos that have already been uploaded. Basic information is gathered and the users’ social graph is analyzed. Candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests are then streamed into a list of matches. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like another user by swiping right or pass by swiping left on them. If two users like each other it then results in a “match” and they are able to chat within the app.[5]

    Swipe: The Swipe feature is central to Tinder’s application design. From the compatible matches the app’s algorithm provides, users swipe right to “like” potential matches and swipe left to continue on their search. [5]
    Moments: In a June 2014 update, Tinder added “Moments”, an ephemeral photo feature. Tinder also added editing capabilities to the photos, enabling users to draw on the photos and add filters. Users are also able to like the photos from the people they have matched with. [6]
    Instagram Integration: In a recent update, Tinder has integrated Instagram accounts to user profiles. Users are now able to access the Instagram profiles of the people that they match with. For public Instagram accounts, the most recent 34 photos will be accessible. For private accounts, users are given the opportunity to give Tinder access to their photos without altering existing privacy settings.[6]
    Common Connections: Common Connections is another aspect of the Tinder application that has developed Facebook integration. Through this feature, users are able to see whether or not they share a mutual friend with a match. This is considered a first degree connection. A second degree connection is when a user and their match have two separate friends who happen to be friend with each other. Essentially, what LinkedIn usually refers to as second- and third-degree connections, Tinder calls first- and second-degree connections, respectively

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