1. Tinder vs. OkCupid: Features
In the video above, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder explains the algorithm used to make matches.
Tinder and OkCupid have the same goal: to help you find a date. Therefore, they have some similar features, but both apps also have unique features as well.
Basically, Tinder lets you connect with people nearby. Matching is based predominantly on Facebook interests and shared friends. Additionally, the app lets you try you hand at matchmaking: You can pair two Facebook friends that you think should get to know each other better. You can quickly view, dismiss, or engage with attractive people in your extended social circle.
Two of the coolest features in OkCupid are the ability to broadcast your date suggestions, as well as the ability to rate other people’s profiles (New York Magazine recently featured some of the most “desired” OkCupid users in NYC, which reflects these profile ratings).
2. Tinder vs. OkCupid: Interface
In the video above, one guy shares his experiences with Tinder.
Tinder is a fast-paced app that has a lot to to with snap impressions. The speed with which the interface loads, along with the speed with which you can review potential matches, really appeals to people living a fast-paced lifestyle. Facebook integration makes starting out equally zippy.
OkCupid has an interface that’s a little busier, but it still scores high marks for speed and readability. You can quickly see who is a good match for you, and the interface offers a bit more detail about the person than Tinder does.
3. Tinder vs. OkCupid: Privacy & Anonymity
In the video above, Mely of SexLiesandBacon.com discusses what not to message a woman on OkCupid if you hope to get laid.
Both apps have made headlines for “hacking” issues, though some incidents were more serious than others. Tinder was notably hacked earlier this year, exposing location data of its users. Meanwhile, Wired reports that a math genius “hacked” OkCupid. This wasn’t as bad as it sounds, however: The genius in question didn’t hack the system so much as game it.
Overall, Tinder is a good choice for people who are a little shy. Unless the person you like likes you back on Tinder, they won’t know you have an interest in them. For the easily embarrassed, this privacy feature is a great touch.
OkCupid members are notified when someone views their pages, which may intimidate some users. You should also know that OkCupid profiles are public by default, and are indexed by Google. You can change this by changing your privacy settings, but it’s good to know going in.
4. Tinder vs. OkCupid: Hookups or Relationships
In the hilarious video above, you can see the seven types of women you meet on Tinder.
Tinder is often perceived as more of a hookup app than a dating app, though it should be noted that the app does let people seriously play matchmaker by introducing friends to each other. If Tinder’s PR team is to be believed, Tinder is no slouch in the lasting relationship game. According to Marie Claire, Tinder has made over 100 million matches since launch. Additionally, they claim that they hear about “at least one marriage a day” from people who met through the app.
OkCupid is great for people looking for casual flings, as well as more serious relationships. The complex array of match questions used by OkCupid does make this app more likely to foster serious, lasting connections than Tinder. Then again, lots of people do meet their life partners through mutual friends, making Tinder a viable options for lasting relationships as well.
5. Tinder vs. OkCupid: Conclusion
In a companion video to the hilarious video above, you can see the seven types of women you meet on OkCupid.
If you are okay with a more limited profile experience that focuses on looks and age, the fast-paced Tinder experience will appeal to you. If you want a dating app experience that is more data-driven, the OkCupid app may be what you’re looking for.
In the video above from the Wall Street Journal, the WSJ team attempts to determine whether Tinder or OkCupid will help you find love faster.