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If you share friends or likes on Facebook, you see that, too.(This is a good time to recommend that you like Vox on Facebook, thus enabling you to match other Vox fans on Tinder and keep the lineage of Vox fandom running for many generations.) But overall, you get a lot less information than on Hinge. Part of what's made Tinder successful is that it greatly reduces the amount of effort that goes into setting up an online profile; while sites like OKCupid require you to answer huge batteries of personal questions ("Do you own any dice with more than six sides?There are a lot of horrible people in the world, and OKCupid and can't do all that much to keep you from going to dinner with them.Moreover, dating sites aimed at heterosexuals tend to feature a lot of male harassment of female users, sometimes to the point that women's inboxes become sufficiently clogged to render the service unusable.Tinder got around those problems to a degree by requiring users to "like" each other to match before messaging.That eased the message onslaught, but the relative sparseness of Tinder profiles means you have nothing to go on besides your match's photos and messages to you, which doesn't do much to help you determine whether a stranger's safe to meet at a bar.
Here's a typical screen a Hinge user will see upon opening the app: (Courtesy of Hinge) See the little dots to the left?
Hinge is a smartphone dating app, available for i Phones/i Pads and Android devices, that's oriented toward relationships rather than hookups and tries to match you with people your friends know and can vouch for. When you sign up, you are presented with a list of fellow users according to criteria you specify (age, gender, physical proximity to you); if you like them and they like you back, you're matched and can message each other.
In both apps, you build your profile by importing pictures and other personal information from Facebook. While Tinder gives you a never-ending stream of nearby users, Hinge only provides a select list.
That's a pretty rosy assessment, but the analogy is not all wrong.
Hinge is growing fast, and it's worth getting to know it.