Sean Rad, the creator and former CEO of Tinder, has been demoted from his position leading the company. Tinder’s parent company, IAC, voted him out partially because Tinder could be making more money, and partially because of his ongoing association with Justin Mateen, who was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Tinder employee (and Mateen’s former partner) Whitney Wolfe, which was settled out of court. Keep reading »
Bye Felipe is an Instagram collection of Tinder creeps curated by Alexandra Tweten, an Los Angeles-based journalist inspired by her own bad experiences on Tinder. The difference between Bye Felipe (the name is inspired by the “Bye, Felicia” meme) and other blogs dedicated to exposing assholes on dating sites is the particular kind of asshole they expose: The guys who escalate and get angry reallllly fast if women reject them, don’t answer them, or simply exist, in some cases.
The Atlantic is calling this a “feminist” initiative. It pains me to think that asking men to be basically decent and polite is part of a non-mainstream political effort to erase the gender gap, because it seems like it should just be something that everyone does for the sake of doing it. But it’s women, not men, who are experiencing sexual harassment online — in dating apps less of the time and on social media more often. That gender difference means something about men’s attitudes toward sex and women, specifically that they feel entitled to sex and entitled to women. In that context, sexual rejection isn’t just a normal part of human interactions, it’s a denial of something they perceive to be rightfully theirs. Keep reading »
Tinder’s CEO, Sean Rad, announced at the Forbes Under 30 Summit that Tinder is going to start introducing paid features to the app in November. No word as to what exactly those features will be, but Forbes is speculating that it could include breaking open location restrictions and options for platonic or business-related meetups. Good for Tinder! Apparently they’ve been focusing on growth for the last two years and are just now starting to work out a way to monetize the app. Oh, and don’t worry, the service as it stands is going to remain free. Keep reading »
Tinder is pretty basic, and at this point, everyone knows the drill. Swipe right if you like what you see, swipe left if you don’t. Message people at your leisure, while spending a lot of time dodging dicey messages from dudes you probably don’t want to talk to. Easy enough, but maybe your Tinder strategy isn’t really netting the kind of dudes you want. Maybe you’re too picky, swiping left on mostly everybody you see. Maybe you amass matches, collecting them like so many back issues of The New Yorker, recoiling in horror every time one of them messages you. Maybe Tinder paralyzes you with fear, only because you’re just not comfortable with meeting someone through what is basically an app for hand jobs and one night stands. Whatever. We all have our things. But, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Change your game, and maybe Tinder won’t be such a slog. Here are some Tinder strategies you might not be using. Keep reading »
Residents on New York City’s Upper West Side attempted to prevent a wine bar from serving alcohol in its outdoor seating area because too many “internet people” go there for dates after meeting online. Riposo 72 in Manhattan sparked controversy at a community board meeting (well, to the extent that those kinds of meetings can actually be controversial) out of supposed fear that children will be exposed to whatever peril the area’s mostly wealthy residents assume is stemming from Tinder and OKCupid. Riposo 72′s sidewalk cafe was approved in August and had to cut its capacity in half to compromise with the community board. Now, it wants to extend its liquor license to its outdoor area, and the neighborhood is inexplicably ragey about this. Resident Al Salsano told DNAinfo, “I have seen people say, ‘I met you on the internet,’ and you’re putting that on the sidewalk? I don’t want children walking near ‘internet people’ meeting.” Keep reading »
An increasing number of staff members at Buckingham Palace, where the UK’s royal family hangs out, have been bringing people they meet on Grindr and Tinder back to their living quarters. The internet is now theorizing that this is raising the Queen’s blood pressure and that police at the palace are worried about how many guests are staying overnight without a prior vetting. Some “well-placed” sources told the Daily Mail UK that “a number” of the Queen’s staff are using online dating sites and apps. There are over 800 staff members, and considering online dating’s popularity, it’s hard to find that surprising. Butlers, maids and cooks are not allowed to bring guests into Buckingham Palace, but they can sign in overnight visitors to their living quarters (at nearby St. James’ Palace and the Royal Mews). This has apparently been going on for quite a while, but the Palace police are reportedly just now beginning to actively address the issue because dating apps are exploding in popularity.
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