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By: Nick Gambino

Everybody’s favorite superficial app, Tinder, has just introduced a new algorithm and beefed up profiles to make finding your soul mate (among other things) a whole lot easier.


Tinder came to prominence with their simplistic use of swiping left or right on those you found attractive or unattractive. A simple picture and a few words were all you needed to make your decision. This resulted in more of a hook-up app than a way to find the love of your life.

Tinder has drawn criticism for this minimalist approach which is why it’s getting an upgrade.

Tinder CTO, Ryan Ogle, had this to say in a statement, “With the updated algorithm, machine learning technology assesses and interprets the signals sent by our millions of users. With our ears even closer to the ground, we provide users with the most relevant potential matches to result in more meaningful connections.”

What that means is anyone’s guess.


Let’s see if CEO, Sean Rad, can clarify, “There are a broader range of inputs [in addition to jobs and education] we’re considering. We’ve gotten a lot better through machine learning at determining the weight of those data points and the level of importance in determining who’s relevant to you.”

Nope, not much better. My interpretation is that they’re paying attention a little more to what makes people compatible. Again I’m not sure I even know what I’m talking about. The point is, per Tinder, the algorithm is better.

Going further, users’ profiles can now display education and work information. These new Smart Profiles show you and the mysterious person on the other end what it is exactly that you two have in common. Like if you both went to USC or if you both work at Starbucks.


Tinder is also introducing new messaging features. Basically messaging finally provides a user-friendly messaging UI. The main improvement users will see is the conversations they have and haven’t started are split up into different sections for ease of seeing where you’re at in your virtual dating world.

Hopefully for Tinder this new facelift will make people start looking to them to find true love instead of using them as a punchline for a really good late night joke.


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch.  He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.


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