Tinder’s Latest Update Will Make It Your New Snapchat
Whether you’re married, single or it’s complicated, we’re willing to bet that the phrase “swipe right” has made it into your vernacular like the “poke” of yore. Tinder has dominated the online dating field over the last two years, reaching 850 million swipes and 10 million matches a day. But even though matches might be walking down the aisle, Tinder has changed way more than just how we date. It’s had a huge impact on apps, too; you can even swipe right for shoes, job applications and dogsitters. Now the app is using the whole “imitation is the best form of flattery” to their advantage, introducing new features in its latest update that might echo other apps and social networks you’ve been swiping in.
Today, Tinder introduced a new, Snapchatty way to share your life with your matches. Capture “Moments” (get it) just like you would self-destructing selfies, except these are meant to be shared with those you’ve been united with by the power of a right swipe. All your matches can see and swipe your moments left (nope) and right (like) and you can flip through theirs, too. Anytime a match likes your photo, you’ll get notified and be able to start the conversation right from that Moment.
The new feature is verrrry similar, yet slightly prettier than Snapchat: You hold down the button to take a picture, have the option to filter it, write on it or draw on it in a rainbow of shades and then it’s ready to share. You don’t get to set the time limit on these, Tinder Moments can only be seen for 24 hours by your matches. So just because your profile pictures might be your best shots from the last five years (admit it!), Moments have to be fresh. Just like real life ones. But that’s part of the point. Instead of agonizing over which side is your better one, Tinder wants you to nab and share Moments when they feel natural and will actually represent who you are outside of the app.
This could get tricky — perhaps you’re going on a first date with a new match and still want to update your Moments… but don’t want them to think you’re a player (I’m not a player, I just swipe a lot<–™). You’ll be able to block users and even report and block their Moments.
This video from their official blog (and not my Tinder fan fic Tumblr) shows #TinderMoments as a group activity, foreshadowing the company’s plans to make your coupled friends a bigger part of your overall experience, more than mutual links on your profile — even you Miss “in a relationship on Facebook.” CEO Sean Rad tells TechCrunch they already witness people using the app for platonic matching to get local recommendations when traveling.
We’re a little skeptical about that (seriously, if I swiped upon a married friend I wouldn’t assume that they were using Tinder in place of Yelp) but there’s also a new option to make your profile go dark in a new Discover mode. There, Rad explains, people can’t see or match with you but you can still chat with existing matches. It still seems like a more appropriate function for those who were already using Tinder for romantic reasons, but we could see that growing. Maybe the Tinder we use in a year will be organized more like chatrooms, where you can pop into different places for different experiences. From A/S/L? to Poke to Swipe Right and back to A/S/L, I guess that’s full circle? Download Tinder or update your app today on iOS and Android.
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(Middle pix: TechCrunch)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)