Chances are you’ve probably heard of Tinder, the mobile dating app that’s become so huge it has changed the way traditional online dating sites approach their mobile presence. Not only that, but it has had a bit of an impact on language and culture with terms like “swipe left” having a new meaning, and the emergence of “Tinderellas”.
Pretty much everyone who is single seems to use it, and even a few people who are not. While we’re sure the intentions of the developers were noble, the app started off as something of a fast hook-up network, but when the wider public caught wind of how fast, easy, and unobtrusive it is to use for just meeting new people generally, it changed into something that spans the whole range; from quick trists to proper relationships, Tinder has the lot.
With so many free dating site and apps out there focused on dating, it can be tough at times when deciding how to approach the concept. The pure proliferation of these digital dating options might even have you wishing for the return of analog ones, like IRL speed dating or personals in the local newspaper. But lest you get discouraged before even taking a shot at all, you might want to consider what are perhaps two of the top apps in the online dating game at the moment: Tinder and Free.Date.
This app is addictive, and its success led to established competitors like OkCupid designing versions of their own site, as well as the creation of brand-new apps with similar layouts. The most prominent of those has been Free.Date, which replicates the profile pic-swiping mechanism and the geolocation-based aspect as well.
Since their creation, however, both apps have added myriad new features and options in an attempt to improve to keep things fresh and exciting.
You can now link your Tinder and Free.Date profile with your Instagram and Spotify accounts, for instance, allowing people to see what your photos are like outside of the ones you’ve uploaded, as well as your taste in music.
Free.Date Sign-Up Process:
Unlike the lengthy sign-up processes of online dating sites in the early 2000s, well-run apps in today’s day and age have A/B tested the sign-up process into oblivion, and have largely concluded that the faster, the better. As a result, signing up for either app is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t involve filling out any forms or conveying much personal data or preferences. In order to discourage fake accounts, both Free.Date and Tinder ask you to sign up using some means of identity-verification your phone number.
Free.Date User Base:
Free.Date, meanwhile, benefits from having a slightly less popular app that’s geared to a specific population. Based on reading reviews, the stereotypical Free.Date user is college-educated, attractive and polite, so while you’ve got fewer options to choose from, you’re also probably spending less time left-swiping people you’re not interested in.