At this point, we all know what Tinder is. Tinder is a dating app that has been around since 2012 and has gained steady popularity since then among people of all ages. Though it was first considered a “hook up” app, Tinder has gone on to introduce plenty of couples to one another. It’s safe to say Tinder is a hit.
But with any major app or social media-like platform, Tinder has to grow with the times. Since its inception, Tinder has branched out in big ways. What used to be a simple swipe one way or the other app, has morphed into something so much bigger. With the addition of super likes, paid accounts, connections to Instagram, and GIF usage, Tinder has established itself as a conglomerate of social media platforms and dating apps. It’s a fun place where you just may meet the love of your life, or at least someone to date for awhile.
So what is Tinder Gold?
Tinder Gold is the latest premium subscription within the Tinder app that includes a feature that allows you to see who has already liked you. One of the purposes behind this feature is to (hopefully) differentiate people who are just swiping to swipe, and people who are genuinely interested in you. By knowing who has liked you already, you can potentially be more considerate about swiping either left or right on them.
You know when you come across a profile that you would typically swipe left on? With Tinder Gold, you may put just a bit more thought into whether or not you want to disregard someone or give them a chance. Are you more likely to swipe right on someone knowing that they’ve already swiped right on you? Maybe. And this is what Tinder Gold is set to find out.
As told to Tech Crunch, according to Tinder’s Chief Product Officer, Brian Norgard, “Tinder Gold provides subscribers with the fun and engaging swiping experience they love about Tinder, coupled with the efficiency and control of being able to see who’s swiped right on them first.”
The subscription includes more than just the all-knowing power of who has liked you. With Tinder Gold, users are able to access features like Unlimited Likes, extra Super Likes each day, and the Rewind feature, which allows you to go back once you’ve accidentally swiped the wrong way on some cutie.
But is Tinder Gold worth it?
Some users seem to think it’s a waste of money. Ultimately, it will be up to your dating style and how often you like to interact with your apps. The biggest issue some people have with Tinder Gold is that the value is not worth the features. For some people, adding yet another subscription to their ever-growing list of paid platforms is just not worth it. If you can afford to pay for Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, Tidal, Match, and Tinder Gold, go for it. If you have to cut some corners, Tinder Gold may not be for you.
The best advice is to break down the features and decide whether or not they matter to you.
Is unlimited swiping worth it?
If you live in a smaller city or an area where you feel like you consistently receive that “you are all out of matches” message, unlimited swiping is probably slightly more compelling. If you’re in the midst of a busy and bustling town and you never receive that message, it’s likely not worth paying for.
Do you use your Super Likes?
If you often find yourself disappointed that you “Super Liked” someone and then later come across someone you like even more, Tinder Gold may be worth something to you. If you hardly use the “Super Like” feature, or use it less than one time a day, it may not be worth your money.
How intrigued are you to know who likes you?
Some people seem to think that part of the fun and mystery of dating apps is not knowing who likes you when you open up the app. If you’re a person who would rather know, Tinder Gold may be up your alley. If you are disinterested or prefer not to see who has liked you, skip the upgrade.
Want a boost?
The boost feature, included in Tinder Gold, basically puts your profile straight to the top of another user’s queue. This feature can be really helpful, particularly if you don’t seem to get many matches—or if all of your matches are not interests for you. If you’d like to be able to use the boost feature regularly, Tinder Gold might be worth your money. If you don’t care about any of that, skip it.
As of right now, Tinder Gold is about 15 dollars a month for users to upgrade and utilize all features. If that’s just a price you can’t fit into your budget, skip it. If you can make it work and would actually use the features and are fully dedicated to meeting your match on Tinder, it could be well worth the price.