Swipe them off their feet
Tinder’s dating and relationship expert Darcy Sterling gives tips on how to optimise your profile and stand out
Every swipe on Tinder represents the possibility of meeting someone new and interesting, and starting something epic — an epic friendship, crazy adventure or a love story. Tinder at its core is a social discovery platform, and a match on Tinder can lead to endless possibilities! And it all starts with the profile! So Darcy Sterling, Tinder’s dating and relationship expert is here to help.
“Everyone needs help initiating a conversation, so help your potential matches out by putting enough intel in your bio about who you are for them to know how to begin the conversation,” says Sterling.
- Pictures speak a thousand words: Pay attention to you profile pictures – it is the first thing that is noticed in your profile so it has be accurate! Your pictures should give others a sense of your personality, hobbies or interests like travel, sports, pets, quantum physics, collecting stamps — you’re more likely to make better connections with users who share or admire your passions. Tinder’s research indicates that people tend to respond to pictures with animals or traveling shots.
- Smile in your photos: Believe it or not, smiling can increase right swipes by 14 per cent. Also, wear bright colours. “I get it, I know you rock that LBD so well, but show off some colour. It makes you pop,” says Sterling.
- Ditch the sunglasses: Wearing sunglasses in your photos “can come across as being standoffish,” explains Sterling. Plus, whether you’re wearing a hat or sunglasses, anything that hides your face decreases your chance of a right swipe by 12 per cent, according to Tinder’s data.
- Don’t hide behind your friends: You want to show that you’ve got friends and you’re a social person. But this is your profile, not your friends’. Keep the pictures focused on you.
- Avoid gym selfies: They are great but probably not the best idea for your Tinder profile.
- Full frontal: Face straight ahead in your profile pictures — and while you’re at it, smile. Individuals who are front facing are 20 per cent more likely to be swiped right on than their counterparts who are facing sideways or not showing themselves.
- The bio: Add one point that offers insight into who you are as a person like whether you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, or you believe in vege-
- tarian biryani. Share your love for a certain band, album, film or book. Use your bio as a place to let your personality shine.
- Include one open-ended question: “This is a great way to ensure having a conversation after getting a match,” says Sterling, adding, “We all know that one of the biggest issues singles face on dating apps is how to start a conversation with anything other than ‘hey’ (which is the worst, for the record). So hit them with a conversation prompt such as, ‘What does your Sunday evening look like?’ or ‘What type of friend are you in the group chat?’.
- Create a cute quiz: This is another great way to build in a conversation starter with your match. No one will have to worry about that dreaded opening line. For example--What’s your Sunday priority:
— Hit the gym
— Drunch anyone
— Netflix binge
— None of the above
- Send Super Likes: It’s a feature which will let you indicate that special someone that you are interested in knowing them. It notifies that person when your profile appears highlighting that you Super Liked them. This increases the chances of a match by 300 per cent.
- Use GIFs: If you don’t know what to say to your match or don’t know how to start a conversation, send a GIF. It increases your chances of getting a reply by 30 per cent.
- Bonus pro tip: Sterling recommends adding an anthem to your profile. “This feature is an opportunity for users to highlight their favorite song or one song that best represents them at the moment in their profile through Spotify,” says Sterling.