Myspace dating app
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.
Those represent how many matches you have to choose from at that moment.
But you can't scroll through them — you have to click the heart (to like them) or the X (to pass) on the profile at the top before you can move on.
Previous iterations of the app gave users new potential matches once a day, but now matches come in a regular trickle, like Tinder but with lower volume.
The main difference, though, is that Hinge focuses on matching you with people you share Facebook friends with, if you have a Facebook account.
Tinder will tell you if a user happens to have mutual friends with you, but you can't screen to see those users first.
On Thursday, Hinge announced it has raised an additional million, which will fund Hinge's already rapid expansion into new cities, including the launch of its first international outpost in London this February.
This year alone, Hinge has expanded to 24 new cities, and it has experienced 500 percent growth in its user base since January.
The app capitalizes on the swell of activity in the mobile dating space, that began with Tinder's launch back in 2012.
Well, that's true as long as that pool of people chooses Hinge over Tinder.
Mc Leod's approach ignores the possibility that maybe, the magic of Tinder is the fact that it's so lightweight.