tinder goes on epic twitter rant against vanity fair
even apps get defensive
In this week’s Vanity Fair, writer Nancy Jo Sales blamed Tinder for fostering a “Dating Apocalypse,” where millennial men and women are so numbed by the hookup culture and constant browsing the dating app enables, that meaningful connections (or even pleasurable casual sex) are almost impossible.
There’s a lot to question about the likely half-truths Sales’ interview subjects spit out and the broad conclusions she reaches. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to tell you that Tinder, an app, has become sentient and is really, really pissed off.
Now a living being, Tinder read Sales’ article, Tinder did not like Sales’ article, and just like any somewhat insecure person who’s had their reputation questioned in the media, Tinder went on an epic Twitter rant.
-@VanityFair Little known fact: sex was invented in 2012 when Tinder was launched.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
It's disappointing that @VanityFair thought that the tiny number of people you found for your article represent our entire global userbase— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
Next time reach out to us first @nancyjosales… that’s what journalists typically do.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
The Tinder Generation is real. Our users are creating it. But it’s not at all what you portray it to be.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
Tinder users are on Tinder to meet people for all kinds of reasons. Sure, some of them — men and women — want to hook up.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
But we know from our own survey data that it’s actually a minority of Tinder users.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
It’s about meeting new people for all kinds of reasons. Travel, dating, relationships, friends and a shit ton of marriages.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
Talk to our many users in China and North Korea who find a way to meet people on Tinder even though Facebook is banned.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
If you want to try to tear us down with one-sided journalism, well, that’s your prerogative.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
You could have talked about how everyone on Tinder is authenticated through Facebook. And how we show users the friends they have in common.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
Instead, your article took an incredibly biased view, which is disappointing.— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
But it’s not going to dissuade us from building something that is changing the world. #GenerationTinder— Tinder (@Tinder) August 11, 2015
Now, you might suppose that all these angry tweets are coming from Tinder's social media managers or an executive with an axe to grind. But, no. This is the voice of an artificial intelligence so advanced that it's capable of being hurt. The future is here. What a time to be alive.