Tender online dating app
The two later attended USC together and entered the Internet entrepreneurship field.
Rad has stated that the impetus for the app was his observation that "no matter who you are, you feel more comfortable approaching somebody if you know they want you to approach them." He believed that a "double opt-in" system could be created to potentially alleviate that stress.
Companion apps were being developed by different companies allowing users to, for example, use the user's heart rate to determine which direction to swipe instead of the user swiping with their hands.
The main companion site for Tinder has been Facebook, as Tinder users connect their Facebook profile to their Tinder accounts for verification and profile details.
While one could encounter a Catfish situation, it's a lot less likely because Tinder also uses this Facebook data to link people up with mutual friends.
If something suspicious comes up, just ask that mutual friend, who can confirm or deny that they know this is a real-life person.
However, once you have matches on the app, you were able to send "Tinder Moments" to each of a user's matches at once, allowing each match to like or not like the photos.
After that, it's unclear where those connections lead. But, would people keep using the app just to chat with strangers close by? The act of swiping through potential hook-ups might be addictive enough to keep people interested short term.
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.
Instead of swiping right for a profile, the user swipes up.
The app notifies the user if they have been Super Liked with a blue border that surrounds the profile of the person who Super Liked them.