They later attended USC together and entered the Internet entrepreneurship field.
Rad has stated that the impetus for the app was his observation that "no matter who you are, you feel more comfortable approaching somebody if you know they want you to approach them." He believed that a "double opt-in" system could be created to potentially alleviate that stress.
Instead of swiping right for a profile, the user swipes up.
The app notifies the user if they have been Super Liked with a blue border that surrounds the profile of the person who Super Liked them.
In the app's settings, users have the option to type a word that suits their gender identity.
Users also have the option to have this displayed on their profile or not.
Initially, instead of a swiping motion, users would click on either a green "heart" or red "X" to select or move on from the photos shown.
Relationship experts interviewed by the newspaper stated that users used the photographs that come in succession on the app to derive cues as to social status, confidence levels, and personal interests.
As of November 11, 2015, Tinder's "Moments" feature had been retired.
The Boost feature lets the user have the top profile in the area for thirty minutes.
Tinder is among the first "swiping apps", whose users employ a swiping motion to choose photos of other users, swiping right for potentially good matches and swiping left on a photo to move to the next one.
Rad and Mateen had known each other since they were 14.