Tinder’s New Feature Now Lets Friends Swipe For You

The dating app known for its famous “swipe”, Tinder introduces its new ‘Matchmaker’ feature, encouraging users to turn their quest for love into a collective effort. This innovative approach allows friends and family to play cupid by recommending potential matches.

Launched on Monday, Tinder Matchmaker adds a social element to the dating experience. Users can now invite their inner circle into the app to browse and suggest possible matches. While these chosen friends can offer recommendations, the final decision remains in the hands of the user, ensuring personal choice isn’t overshadowed.

Tinder’s chief marketing officer, Melissa Hobley, celebrates this development. “For years, singles have asked their friends to help find their next match on Tinder, and now we’re making that so easy with Tinder Matchmaker,” she explains, acknowledging the traditional role of loved ones in the romance arena.

Privacy in the Age of Collective Dating

Despite the excitement around communal swiping, not everyone shares the enthusiasm. Dating expert Sarah Louise Ryan expresses her reservations, especially concerning privacy. “One of the main reasons clients come to me is for confidentiality,” Ryan states, indicating discomfort with the idea of a person’s profile being casually shared among a group.

Tinder, aware of such concerns, reassures users that they maintain control. A company spokesperson told the BBC, “You can opt out of your profile being shown in the Matchmaker experience, end all active Matchmaker sessions or invite friends to be your Matchmaker via Settings.”

The company has indeed taken steps to protect user privacy in the past, offering an “incognito mode” for those who prefer their profiles to be visible only to selected individuals.


A Nod to Traditional Matchmaking

Interestingly, this feature isn’t a far cry from conventional matchmaking practices common in various cultures. “Outsourcing one’s journey to finding love is not a foreign concept,” adds Ryan, acknowledging the historical precedent of seeking assistance in the pursuit of romantic partners.

It’s worth noting that while friends offer a fresh perspective, their involvement could complicate the decision-making process. Ryan advises caution, suggesting that a multitude of opinions might “cloud one’s judgement.”

Struggles and Competition in the Dating App World

In the backdrop of these innovations are Tinder’s struggles to attract new enthusiasts, particularly from the younger generation. Market research reveals a sense of app fatigue among Gen Z users, with a portion abandoning traditional dating platforms for more organic interactions on social media.

Contrastingly, competitors like Bumble and Hinge are gaining traction, forcing Tinder to think outside the box. Their solution seems to lie in features like Matchmaker, enhancing user engagement by blending social networking elements with online dating.

Tinder Plays Catch Up

This isn’t the first time a dating service has allowed friend participation. Bumble and Hinge have previously experimented with similar features, blurring the lines between social media and dating platforms.

To use Tinder’s Matchmaker, users need to generate a special URL, which they can then share with friends. This link, active for just 24 hours, brings a time-sensitive element to the experience, possibly adding to the excitement.

With these changes, Tinder hopes to recapture the attention of its audience, proving that in the world of online dating, sometimes it takes a village to find a match.