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Matchmaking app Tinder is tech's answer to 'How I Met Your Mother'

Caitlin McGarry | June 10, 2013
Tinder started as a dating app, but the startup’s founders have plans for social network domination.

App of all trades
So Tinder probably won't help you meet the love of your life, but that's okay—the company has much bigger plans. Tinder two weeks ago added a new feature that lets you play matchmaker for two of your Facebook friends who haven't met yet.

But in a twist, you don't have to use Matchmaker to set up blind dates. You can use the feature to introduce people for any reason—business, friendship, and, sure, romance.

Matchmaker is the jumping off point for Tinder's next move: networking.

"The vision for Tinder is more about social discovery in general," Mateen says. "We want people to use Tinder for the purpose of meeting anyone for any reason, so not just in the context of dating. We use dating as a starting point."

Tinder plans to roll out new features in the coming months to let users meet anyone around them for any reason. Mateen says the concept will work differently for nondating introductions—you won't be judging your potential business connections based on attractiveness, for instance.

But first, Tinder has to extend its user base beyond iOS. An Android version is in the works, with a release planned for later this summer. Only time will tell if Tinder will at last unite iOS and Android lovers in their pursuit of hotter matches.


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