Those are impressive figures, and suggest the app is growing fast (it claims its user base grew fivefold in 2014), but they still pale in comparison to Tinder.
As of January, Tinder had made 5 matches, and was making 21 million more every day. Then again, Hinge currently is only available in 34 US cities and two foreign ones (London and Toronto), whereas Tinder is available worldwide, and given that Hinge appears to be experiencing exponential growth it's not totally implausible to think it could be a real competitor. It's still hundreds of times smaller than Tinder, and it'll probably take some time for it to become enough of a cultural staple to produce Tumblrs and memes like Humanitarians of Tinder, Fishermen of Tinder, Tinder Guys with Tigers, Tinder in Brooklyn, and Hello Let's Date.
Tinder will tell you if a user happens to have mutual friends with you, but you can't screen to see those users first.
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.
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.
The main difference, though, is that Hinge focuses on matching you with people you share Facebook friends with, if you have a Facebook account.
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.
Compare this with Tinder's main screen: (Courtesy of Tinder) That's not too different from Hinge's main screen; the main contrasts are that Tinder shows you shared interests and Hinge shows you the user's employer and/or school, which is potentially more illuminating.
But pulling up a profile (like this one, which Jimmy Fallon and the staff of (The Tonight Show) You get to see all their pictures, how close they are to you, how recently they logged in, and a short "about me" section.
"It's all friends of friends," Mc Leod said on CNBC.
"It's quite hard to use it for casual encounters." Hinge doesn't give user numbers, but spokeswoman Jean-Marie Mc Grath reports that 35,500 dates per week and 1,500 relationships happen because of the dating app.
If you share friends or likes on Facebook, you see that, too.