10 Weird Ways Tinder Is Changing the World

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Left to right, co-founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe, co-founder and COO of Coffee Meets Bagel Dawoon Kang and Founder of Her Robyn Exton speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch

The dating app Grindr for gay and bisexual men actually launched three years earlier than Tinder, but Tinder brought the concept of mobile geo-location-based dating to a wider audience. Tinder reportedly has 9.6 million active daily users swiping 1.4 billion times a day [source: Carr]. And people can and do use more than one online dating method.

Many of the newer Tinder-like apps narrow down the number of choices offered to users. Both of the apps Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel select a limited number of potential matches per day from friends of your Facebook friends to weed out totally unconnected strangers. Happn presents you with users who have come within 800 feet (244 meters) of you in real life. JSwipe aims to help Jewish singles find love. Aside from Grindr, there are other LGBT specific apps, including Scruff, Jack'd, Her and Wing Ma'am.

Loveflutter aims to put personality before looks by displaying a personal fact before revealing a user's picture. Bumble — founded by former Tinder executive Whitney Wolfe — makes women initiate first contact with male matches, to remove the stigma of women making the first move and hopefully decrease harassment.

And then there are the racy apps, like 3nder for finding potential threesome participants and Mixxxer for meeting casual sex partners within a one-mile radius.

As far as dating apps go, Tinder tops the market in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and a few other places, but other apps dominate elsewhere around the globe, such as Badoo in many South American countries, Momo in China and YYC in Japan, to name a few [source: Maybin].