Tinder's founders bragged to us about the number of female users when it launched last October, and though they didn't have fresh numbers, the app has received a lot of vocal approval from women online, including female tech writer Jenna Wortham, who says "there’s something about Tinder’s simple, flirty interface that is undeniably fun." This acceptance might have something to do with the fact that unlike every other hook-up app out there, which were birthed by men, as Ann Friedman notes in So far hook-up apps haven't catered to women because they lack certain protections that the XX-demographic likes when meeting potential sexual partners, argues Friedman: "women want authenticity, privacy, a more controlled environment, and a quick path to a safe, easy offline meeting." Perhaps because of its single female voice, Tinder offers a lot of those things mostly by way of Facebook.
The app syncs up with the social network in a "cleverly discreet" way, as Wortham puts it.
Meaning: "No more Ok Cupid troll sending you message after message promising dick pics if you give him your phone number," as NYU Local's Caroline Hayes and Chelsea Beeler put it.
In fact, the photos it chooses to show come up in a more controlled way because of its relationship to Facebook.
Some of the best “free” online dating sites will allow you to send someone a winkie, “like” their profile, or favourite them.