Woman asks Tinder for tech support with her Wii, and it actually worked

Woman asks Tinder for tech support with her Wii, and it actually worked

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Turns out that sometimes, Tinder is good for something other than unsolicited dick pics and catfishing.  

Twitter user @meggzsalad was having a bit of a struggle with her Wii when the images on-screen were only showing in black and white. Instead of frantically Googling or sifting through multitudes of tech support forum responses from 2011, she reached out for help to an unlikely source — men on Tinder. 

my wii is finally in color so i’d like to take a moment to thank the men of tinder, really helped a girl out pic.twitter.com/8jUEqOZiKe

— megz (@meggzsalad) March 20, 2019 Read more…

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Tinder just made it harder to know why you’re seeing awful profiles

Tinder just made it harder to know why you’re seeing awful profiles

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The more getting rejected changes, the more getting rejected stays the same. 

Tinder announced in a March 15 blog post that it had stopped showing users potential matches based on the frequency with which people swiped left or right on their respective accounts. Now, using lots of words to explain very little, the company says it just does something even more nebulous and undefined — but you’d better believe that people running for the hills from your terrible profile still affects which potential matches you’re shown. 

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The interracial couple emoji is finally here following a Tinder campaign

The interracial couple emoji is finally here following a Tinder campaign

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Our emoji keyboards are ever-expanding, as the pictograph language continues to evolve and become more and more inclusive of all users. 

Up until this point, any emoji featuring two or more people was only been available in the default emoji yellow on iOS. But that’s about to change, and we have dating app Tinder to thank for that. 

The Unicode Consortium — the gatekeepers of all emoji — will be adding a range of people-holding-hands emoji with a mix of genders and skin colours, following Tinder’s #representlove campaign. 

The interracial couples emoji look like this, and they are pretty damn cute. We got the first look at all 230 emoji coming in 2019 earlier this year, but Unicode is now releasing the final designs, including the new couple emoji.   Read more…

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12 people explain their dating app allegiances

12 people explain their dating app allegiances

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In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. Just in time for cuffing season.


On dating apps, people’s intentions and objectives vary wildly, which is partially why they’re a breeding ground for disappointment. But sometimes — and yes, this has happened — someone uses a dating app and thinks, “Wow, that was not so bad.”

We asked 12 people to explain why they love (or at least tolerate) their favorite dating app. Spoiler: Despite the corny questions, a surprising number of people love Hinge. The interviews below have been edited and condensed for clarity. Read more…

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Online dating isn’t a game. It’s literally changing humanity.

Online dating isn’t a game. It’s literally changing humanity.

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In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. After all, it’s still cuffing season.


The swipe is about as casual a gesture as it gets. 

On Tinder, Bumble and every copycat dating app, choices are made in the blink of an eye. You’re not  making definitive decisions about this stream full of faces; it’s more a question “could this person be hot if we match, if they have something interesting to say, if they’re not a creep and we’re a few drinks in?” 

You feel so far removed from the process of dating at this stage, let alone a relationship, that swiping is simply a game. (Indeed, the makers of the mobile medieval royalty RPG Reigns intended its simple left-right controls as a Tinder homage.) You’re like Matthew Broderick at the start of the 1983 movie War Games — enamored with technology’s possibilities, gleefully playing around.  Read more…

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Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder […]…

The rise of the Tinder-themed wedding

The rise of the Tinder-themed wedding

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In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all.


The Tinder catchphrase “It’s a Match!” has always contained a semi-ironic nod to the decidedly old-school roots of matchmaking. But the phrase that launched a thousand hookups takes on an even schmaltzier meaning when an initial swipe right turns into marriage. 

Far from ashamed, couples who meet each other on dating apps are now paying a grateful — if tongue-in-cheek — homage to how it all began.

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