Yesterday, Tinder hit us with an ominous tweet about bringing a new feature to their hookup app. We speculated wildly about what it could be, and it turns out, we were (kind of) right. They are improving the messaging feature, by borrowing from fellow sext-promoting app Snapchat.
Tinder's new feature is called Moments, and it allows users to share photos through chat. Like Snaps, Moments are ephemeral: they disappear within 24 hours. You can also draw on them and use filters similar to Snapchat.
You can only use Moments with someone you have already been matched with, not that it'll cut down on the number of unwanted genitalia photos sure to be sent through this new feature. After you take a photo or upload an existing photo to Moments, your matches will be notified and they can swipe left or right on the Moment. You'll be able to see who liked your Moment and based on that list, you can start chatting with them.
For when someone creepy inevitable posts something unsavory in their Moments, you can opt out of seeing their Moments.
Tinder CEO Sean Rad seems to think this will "solidify that Tinder is not just about dating." He's right, it will solidify that — just probably not in the way he's going for. Nothing like a nudey photo tool to prove that Tinder is just about sex (not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Given its role in the modern dating scene, it was only a matter of time before Tinder got into the dick pic game.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.