That's a pretty rosy assessment, but the analogy is not all wrong.Hinge is growing fast, and it's worth getting to know it.Tinder will tell you if a user happens to have mutual friends with you, but you can't screen to see those users first.Here's a typical screen a Hinge user will see upon opening the app: (Courtesy of Hinge) See the little dots to the left?(Courtesy of Hinge) You can see his height, his college and grad school, any friends you share, and a variety of self-descriptive tags that Hinge lets you choose from (including "country clubber," "bookworm," "joker," "smoker," and "midnight toker").
Hinge is a smartphone dating app, available for i Phones/i Pads and Android devices, that's oriented toward relationships rather than hookups and tries to match you with people your friends know and can vouch for. When you sign up, you are presented with a list of fellow users according to criteria you specify (age, gender, physical proximity to you); if you like them and they like you back, you're matched and can message each other.In both apps, you build your profile by importing pictures and other personal information from Facebook. While Tinder gives you a never-ending stream of nearby users, Hinge only provides a select list.Those represent how many matches you have to choose from at that moment.But you can't scroll through them — you have to click the heart (to like them) or the X (to pass) on the profile at the top before you can move on.Previous iterations of the app gave users new potential matches once a day, but now matches come in a regular trickle, like Tinder but with lower volume.