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Tinder is all about first impressions. To score a date you need to impress potential partners in a matter of seconds. The problem is few of us are smart enough to recognize a good selfie when we see it. Luckily, Tinder is getting smarter to help you get more right swipes.
Tinder’s big new idea is called Smart Photos. This is an algorithm designed to maximize your chances of scoring a match. The idea being to get more people swiping right, allowing more couples to hook up. Which is, after all, what Tinder is all about.
Smart Photos alternates the first photo people see on your Tinder profile. Every time someone swipes right or left that response is recorded, and your best photos are moved to the top of your deck. The end goal is to always show the photo most likely to secure a right swipe and score you a date.
As with most algorithms, Smart Photos gets smarter over time as it learns who responds to what photos. Eventually, Smart Photos will learn which photos to avoid showing to particular people. So if someone demonstrates an aversion to cats, Tinder won’t show them that photo of you stroking your pussy.
Tinder Cannot Perform Miracles. Sadly.
Thanks to Tinder I am now able to look at a photo of someone for half a second and decide whether i could ever love them
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) October 13, 2016
How much of a difference is Smart Photos likely to make to your Tinder experience? During testing, users saw anything up to a 12% increase in matches. However, your personal experience will also be affected by other factors.
These include your age, your gender (because online dating is different for men and women), and whether or not you’re considered “aesthetically pleasing”. In other words, Tinder can help you out by creating smart algorithms, but it can’t perform miracles. Sadly.
To turn Smart Photos on, simply click Edit Profile and tap the Smart Photos toggle. And then while you’re waiting for those right swipes to start pouring in, let us know what you think of online dating, Smart Photos, and Tinder’s algorithmic machine learning!
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