What is the Tinder algorithm?


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Lynn Blakeman Profile
Lynn Blakeman answered

The Tinder algorithm is a rather complicated thing to be honest;  it considers so much when making matches... Some of the things that have to be taken into account are:

  1. Location
  2. Sexual preference
  3. Common interests
  4. Common friends
  5. Attractiveness.

It has been suggested that when you first use Tinder, the first few people you are shown are the most attractive; this is probably to make sure you continue to use the app.

Also, the app will look at how many people you swipe to the left, if you are too picky not only will that make a difference to how many matches you get, it may mean that you get less choice in future.

I feel that a lot is also based on how many messages you reply to, if you ignore people you stop getting so many matches, or people to choose from.

It's impossible to know for sure how the algorithm for Tinder works as the developers won't divulge this for obvious reasons, but this is based on how I see it after using it for a month or so.

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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Wow ! I spent almost 90 minutes taking spam off this site this morning. I checked some of their links and they were disabled and some had danger and warning signs on them. These people are persistent. Be careful if you see any with strange looking links.
Lynn Blakeman
Lynn Blakeman commented
Thanks for the warning Rooster
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
My pleasure. :)
Joao Braz Profile
Joao Braz answered

What to know how Tinder's algorithm works?

Firstly let me explain what an algorithm is. An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function

It is a way of telling our computers/mobile phones how to gather data about a specific subject and how to sort it following specific rules.

Here's a friendly video explaining the way algorithms work:

In the case of Tinder (a dating app) the algorithm is how the app is finding people nearby (or not that nearby) who match your criteria, making their profile pop up in your screen, giving you the chance to either connect with them or to move on to the next profile.

Now onto to the algorithm behind Tinder. Whilst there is no way to know the actual algorithm unless you worked on its development, there are a few variables you might want to consider when trying to break the code:

1 -  If you've using Tinder you might have already noticed that it does't take a long time to get a match. This is because the algorithm moves to the top of the profiles pile, the ones who already liked yours so you feel confident by getting matches and keep on using the app.

2 -  The app seems to be able to show you attractive women/men at a much higher rate then normal dating apps which makes me think that there is a team  working at Tinder whose only job is to rate profiles by their attractiveness (or lack of) so you spend more time using it.

3 - You'll also notice that if you don't reply to your messages, you seem to not have any more matches. In my opinion this the way of the algorithm has to discourage you when it comes to using the app and only keep users who are active and recurrent, keeping the ones who don't act upon their matches away.

If you feel like investigating further there are other answers on this website that you might find useful:

I hope this helped!

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