Tinder is no longer as clandestine a proposition as it once was. That's because a new site allows users to find anyone using the dating app for the low, low price of $5. It's called Swipe Buster, and, as you might have guessed, it's ruffled some serious feathers over at Tinder HQ.
In a statement to Vanity Fair, a Tinder spokesperson said that “searchable information on the Web site is public information that Tinder users have on their profiles. If you want to see who’s on Tinder we recommend saving your money and downloading the app for free."
The issue there is that signing up for the dating app may rub some people the wrong way. Since exploding onto the scene in 2012, Tinder has revolutionized the dating landscape, largely due to the widely-held belief that it facilitates random hook ups and cheating.
That's where Swipe Buster comes in. After entering in a name, age, and location, Swipe Buster combs through Tinder's API and notifies the user whether or not they've found someone who matches that description.
"A lot of people are going to be like ‘WHAT!,’ and hopefully a lot of people are going to be more careful, and Tinder is going to say we have to XYZ to protect our A.P.I.,” the man who developed Swipe Buster told Vanity Fair. “I think the positive outcome [is that] a company is going to be protective of its users. We’re expecting it to be quite impactful, and a lot more people will realize what kind of data they have online.”