But how, you might be wondering, does Tinder decide who to show to whom, and in what order?

But how, you might be wondering, does Tinder decide who to show to whom, and in what order?

Considering its an app people use in order to potentially meet the love of their life, people are very curious about how exactly Tinder works.

The apps user interface is more complicated now than when it was first launched, but the essential principle remains the same: Swipe left on profiles youre not interested in, right on profiles you are and you chat with your matches when both of you indicate interest.

The answer, similar to almost every app out there today, is a proprietary algorithm whose exact details are secret to the general public. However, we do know a few things about how the Tinder algorithm works.

The Old Model

A 2016 article revealed that at the time, Tinder used a ranking algorithm to assign each user a score based on how people swipe on them – the more left swipes you get, the lower your score goes; the more right swipes, the higher your score rises.

However, it wasnt as simple as simply adding or subtracting one point every time someone swipes right or left on you. The algorithm is apparently based on the complex ELO score used to rate chess players, meaning who is swiping is also a factor.

If someone with a high score swiped right on you, youd be likely to jump higher than if someone with a low score swiped right on you. Similarly, a high score swiping left on you would drop you further than a low score swiping left on you.

In this way, people who got a lot of right swipes – the Tinder elite, if you will – had a greater impact on peoples scores than people most people arent crazy about.

The New Model

However, in 2019, Tinder announced that they had moved away from the ranking model in favor of something that tracks your like patterns to get an idea of what type of person each user is interested in.

As well, Tinder keeps track of things like how much time you spend on the app, how often you return to it and what percentage of swipes are right vs. Continue reading « But how, you might be wondering, does Tinder decide who to show to whom, and in what order? »