If you’re a Tinder user who has repeatedly found yourself disappointed with the dating pool on the app, there might be hope for you yet. That is, if you can get an invite into Tinder Select, an elite version of the dating app discovered by Tech Crunch earlier today. Tinder Select has reportedly been around for six months and users were quietly invited by Tinder to join.
From Tech Crunch:
It appears that Tinder has invited people to the platform, some of whom have the ability to ‘nominate’ others. But those who were nominated can’t nominate anyone else, which prevents the members-only layer of the app from spreading uncontrollably. It’s unclear exactly how Tinder decides who gets invited and who doesn’t, but the common thread among those on the Select app is that they’re generally attractive and relatively high-profile.
Tech Crunch notes Elo scores — an internal algorithmic rating system Tinder uses — might be a factor in how users are chosen for Select. According to at least a few people on Reddit, the navy-blue Select icon (which appears at the top of the app where users on regular Tinder toggle between the fire emoji and the group Tinder setting) just appeared randomly. A source told Tech Crunch the elite feature is “for celebrities and people who do really well on Tinder.” Excuse me while I go update the Tinder app on my phone to see how hot and cool Sean Rad & Co. think I am.
Tinder declined to comment on this story.