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  1. Whoever you get to see at Discoveries, and who you are, is certainly not based on arbitrariness: there seems to be a rather sophisticated algorithm behind it. This is, of course, aimed at achieving as many matches as possible. The makers of Tinder have little to say about the how and what of this algorithm.


    We do know that someone’s popularity plays an important role in the algorithm. Tinder uses a rating system that allows users to rank on how desirable they are (something that is not uncommon with dating apps and sites). Tinder does this on the basis of a so-called ELO score.

    The term ELO comes from chess, where it is used to keep track of players’ skills. Tinder uses the same statistical model to determine the attractiveness of profiles. The principle: if someone with a high ELO score swipes to the right with someone with a low score, the latter gets a lot of points. The reason: he or she is liked by a popular person. And if attractive people continue to like it, that score will only increase even further.

    Tinder has confirmed the existence of the ELO score for Tinder profiles, but of course, it is not possible for Tinder users to find that score. The company also said that other factors also play a part, such as the general attractiveness. An important part of this is the conversion rate of profile photos.

    Not confirmed by Tinder, but probably also affect your ELO score, is how picky you are – or not. Swiping too little or just a lot to the right can work to your disadvantage.

    In addition, Tinder probably also allows you to consider how active you are on the platform: on the one hand, with the general use of it, on the other hand, with the sending and answering of messages. Users who are few online or send few messages are ranked lower by Tinder.

    New accounts, finally, automatically receive a higher score, the so-called noob boost. But that is only very temporary.

Probably. You will not see people who fall within your age filter when you do not fall within theirs. Suppose you are a heterosexual man of 35, and your age filter goes from 30 to 40. You will then, logically, only see women between 30 and 40 years old. However, there are no women between whom you fall outside the age filter, for example, women who only want men between 20 and 30 years to see. Otherwise, match proposals do not make much sense.

Word of disclaimer: this is, again, no official Tinder FAQ. Tinder’s algorithms are secret, and there is still a lot of discussion on the internet about the reciprocity of Tinder filters.

Probably not. Pictures of heterosexuals score a lot less well than those of women and homosexual men.

This appears at least from an analysis by the English company Rentify, which investigated the so-called success rate of Tinder photos. Photos of heterosexual women have a success rate of no less than 52 percent, which means that just over half of the men who come across the photo on Tinder swipe right. Photos of heterosexuals score an average of only 16 percent. Homosexual men are between those two groups, with a success rate of 35 percent.

This is because the ‘Smart Photos’ feature has been enabled for you. She is active by default when you have just installed Tinder. With ‘Smart photos,’ the app chooses your best photo, which produces the most response. As far as we know, Tinder does this by showing users random photos from your profile and keeping track of which do and do not lead to matches. Based on these data, the app then chooses the best photo as your main photo. According to Tinder, people who have ‘Smart photos’ are, on average, up to 12 percent more matches than before.

We can imagine that you would rather decide for yourself which photo is your Tinder business card. Because the question is how valuable your matches are when they are created on the basis of your very best photo. Remember: Scoring a Tinder date is a lot harder than a Tinder match. And if you really want more matches, the question is how smart ‘Smart photos’ actually is.

You simply switch the function off by sliding the switch of ‘Smart photos’ (under the photos you have chosen) to the left.

Only if you have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, the paid versions of Tinder, if you use the free version, then every swipe is irreversible. Or you had to delete all your account, reinstall Tinder and hope that you meet that person again in your match proposals.