Tinder Algorithm

Tinder’s matching algorithm and the ELO score it assigns to you, based on a number of factors, determine the type of profile you are offered and the type of profile you are offered to, but also your ranking (how you are positioned in a pile of other profiles). It therefore influences the choice of your correspondent.

Factors that affect your score / rank / visibility:

Some of this information is taken from ads and official Tinder articles. Many of these sources rely on personal experiences and empirical evidence.

  • New accounts receive a boost for two days (not to be confused with the boost feature offered to paying users). During this period, their Tinder profile is presented to a very wide audience and occupies a prominent place on their decks. The calculation of the ELO score of the account is the first step. Once the boost is applied, this score determines your visibility and your audience. This explains why you get a relatively large number of matches in the first few days and why this number decreases rapidly in a week.
  • The scoring system and the matching algorithm do not work in terms of attractiveness scale 1-10, but the effect can be expressed as follows: If you have been identified as a 6, you will be regularly offered to 5-7, and rarely to people rated> 7, or <5 and vice versa.
  • It is possible to influence your score throughout the life of your account, for example by taking photos that highlight you. However, it will take time for any changes to be noticeable. It is much faster to reset your account to apply this change. You will have a second chance to please everyone who did not like your old photos.

Some assumptions about how your score is calculated / the factors that influence it:

  • A composition in % of people who fully appreciate you …..% of people you like and who appreciate you in return (“do you play in your league?”) …… and the ratings given to these people. A person who has been given a higher score than you and who appreciates you has more weight than someone who appreciates you and has a lower score than you (it’s like getting more points for defeating) a senior team in a ranking tournament).
  • Your difficulty choosing. Swiping to the right all profile proposals and no preference are penalized, although the right swiper on the right is more severe than being too picky. The swipes quota to the right of 30-70% seems to be the most favorable. This also applies to slippage during paid boost periods.
    If you actually send messages to most of your correspondents, sending messages, as well as receiving answers, is beneficial.
  • For visibility / positioning on the deck, not your score: activity. You fall in the ranking when you are inactive.
  • It seems that Tinder Plus users who generously use the unlimited swipes feature are creating an account. So sweeping too often over a day, an hour, could drive Tinder’s system to think of you as a bot. You would then be put on some kind of blacklist, get a very very low score, which would make you invisible.Suggestions of 2000 swipes per hour right or left would cause a blocking of your account for 12 hours. The Tinder application would then invite you to “view new profiles later”. Your Elo score as well would be negatively affected as seen previously. The important section of the Tinder Plus guide has also been updated to reflect this.

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