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10 Tinder-style apps for everything from dating to shoes

10 Tinder-style apps for everything from dating to shoes

Tinder-style apps are getting increasingly popular, so we decided to make a list with all the Tinder-style apps that are out there. But first of all, what makes them so popular?

Swiping is Addictive

A good example is the Stylect app, which lets you swipe through shoes. The results of the app in the first few months show how popular swiping is.

Approximately 20 million swipes had been made with the average user swiping over 400 shoes. According to Stylect one user swiped more than 43,000 shoes in just a few days.

While this seems a bit excessive to me, the average swipe of 400 shoes is also incredibly high.

Swiping is incredibly addictive and after using(being in) Tinder-style apps for a while you get into a certain “swiping flow” (left, right, left, left, right, right).

Before you know it, you have swiped through hundreds of potential dates or shoes. Combine that with the ability of Tinder-style apps to take a complex topic and making it simple for the user and it currently seems like you have a mix that gets users and VC’s interested.

Matches between people

1. Tinder

The app that got it all started, so naturally the first one on the list. The user experience is great, and the swiping works very smoothly. There have been objections about how superficial the app is but it is definitely a revolutionary approach to dating.

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2. Mingleton

Mingleton is Tinder in very close proximity for example in a bar. The app works in locating matches within a 50 metre radius. However when I tried the app, there were no people within 50 metres (and I’m in London), so I’m not sure whether Mingleton has a long shelf life.

Download for iOS

3. Twine 

Twine and LoveFlutter are Tinder-style dating apps for people with personalities. In Twine you can differentiate yourself from others by creating a nice collage of your pictures.

The description is also immediately visible, but it is incredibly difficult to get a good idea of the person judging by just their collage.

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4. LoveFlutter

Also a Tinder-style dating app but a bit more ‘quirky’ because it displays a fun fact about you on top of your picture.

The reviews are pretty bad but they have released a new version and everything seems to be working fine now. Nevertheless, I don’t think LoveFlutter is different enough from Tinder to become a success.

Download for iOS

5. Weave

Moving away from the dating apps and onto professional networking. Weave copies the Tinder-style swiping of Tinder and combines with your professional profile on Linkedin.

You can swype through user profiles and setup meetings with the chat feature. Although it all sounds attractive I haven’t had any matches from the app yet so it hasn’t been useful for me.

Download for iOS

6. Networkr 

Networkr is our own startup and it is also a Tinder-style networking app, you also login with your Linkedin profile. Currently we are using a radius and different categories to make sure you find interesting professionals.

Once you have a match you can send an email or connect on Linkedin. We think professional networking is a great example of how the Tinder approach can work for other user cases.

Download for iOS

7. Jobr

Jobr takes the Tinder-style approach to your job search. Employees can swipe through job offerings and employers/recruiters through potential candidates. The potential for this app is big and I think it could become a great way to see what your chances are on the job market.

Download for  iOS

Product Based

Besides using Tinder for establishing relationships (whether it is dating or professional), there are also a couple of apps that are using the Tinder approach to let users swipe through products.

8. Mallzee

If Swiping through clothes from ASOS, Urban Outfitters, or Topshop is your thing, then you should definitely try out Mallzee. The nice thing is that you can also customise the brands that you want to be shown.

Furthermore, I like the fact that they didn’t go for the burger menu but instead used menu buttons on the bottom of the screen.

Download for  iOS

9. Stylect 

Instead of swiping through clothes Stylect lets you swipe through shoes. As I mentioned earlier this the app seems to be incredibly addictive for female users, but I’m skeptical whether the app can keep the attention of users for longer.

Download for iOS

Dog Based

10. BarkBuddy 

If after trying out all these apps you’re still not tired of swiping, BarkBuddy might be something for you. The app lets you swipe through dogs that are looking for a new owner.

Download for iOS

What’s next?

The big questions at the moment is what kind of Tinder-style app is going to be launched next? For now we see that dating has been the most successful type of swiping. But product based swiping apps are also getting a lot of traction. It is going to be interesting to see what the next thing is that we can all swipe through.

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