Ok, soooo I’m not on Tinder. Never have been, but I know many people who are, so I have heard many a “Tinder hookup” story. But now, the creators of the app are upping the ante, because they are about to make it easier than ever to use their app to hook up with a legit celebrity.
(PS..check the date: It may be hard to believe, but this ISN NOT an April Fools joke.)
Here’s how it works: They are going to start verifying profiles of its celebrity users (yes, apparently Tinder has celebrity users) much like Twitter does with that tell-tale blue checkmark.
Normal people have to sign up for Tinder using their Facebook account, and the app then pulls that persons Facebook photos and info before matching them up with people. Tinder CEO Sean Rad told The Hollywood Reporter that it’s not as easy for celebs. ”Sometimes celebrities use different names on Facebook,” he said, and most people therefore assume that the celebrity is a fake. The new verification program “will allow celebrities to enter Tinder in a different way.” Rad thinks that Tinder and celebs are a good match because the app ”gives them the control to filter through the noise and communicate with people they want to know.”
If you think it’s hard to believe that celebrities need to use a dating app to meet people, you’re probably not alone. But check this out:
Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Kennedy have spoken out about being fans of the app. Josh Groban and a newly engaged daddy-to-be, Ashton Kutcher, are also reportedly on Tinder.
The app was also a huge hit among athletes at this year’s Olympic games in Sochi. Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson said during the Sochi games that “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level.” Rad told the Wall Street Journal that Tinder saw a 400 percent day-over-day hike in growth during the Olympics.
Yep, you read that right…400%. Wowwwww.
So swipe away, my friends. You never know when Ryan Gosling might just pop up ;-)