Tinder is working on a feature that will enable groups of friends to meet groups of new people while on a night out. The idea behind Tinder Social is that you and your chums will start planning your Friday night a few days in advance. The system will then try to match your #squad up with a similar one so you can all go hang out together. By making the connection ahead of time, you'll all be able to break the ice and call shotgun on prospective partners well before the festivities kick off. The feature is currently being trialled in Australia and the company is pledging to bring it to the rest of the world in due time.
While that sounds a bit like a millennial version of one of those Match.com singles events where you wind up crying into a beer and going home at 10:30, for others the new feature is already turning into a privacy nightmare. When tapping the "Start a group" button, users are given a list of their Facebook friends who are also using Tinder, as well as those who have already jumped into a group chat. Users can opt out of the Group feature, but the default public setting is already getting some backlash for outing Tinder users to their Facebook friends.
"When I first saw that I could see everybody I was a little bit shocked because I figured that a big app like this would give a little more privacy than that," Australian Chloe Mac told Business Insider, "especially considering when first signing up they make a big deal about no one on Facebook being able to see that you are using this app."
the great thing about this 'tinder social' thing is it shows my facebook friends that have tinder including people already in relationships.— Ally (@allygory) April 27, 2016
But the awkwardness doesn't stop there. There's also some confusion about what sort of dates, exactly, Tinder Social is meant to set up. While the company is positioning it as a way to meet more people and make new friends, the horny throngs are already celebrating (or mocking) Tinder's pivot to orgy-facilitating hookup app.
@Tinder "Introducing Tinder Social,to socialise with more people around you"— Cameron Crossman (@cscstar6) April 27, 2016
1st group to show up "Let's have an orgy"
Who saw that coming?
On the other hand, the new feature does simplify things for at least one group of people: self-identifying polyamorists.
Tinder...social. So, orgies come to Tinder. And, actually, multiple partner relationsships? Kinda cool.— Jolly Butternubs (@Riotcub) April 27, 2016