How To Tinder Like A Pro

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Cold times beg for hot things. This Nairobi winter has got everyone lamenting and wishing for companion. That’s why we looked around and decided to give you some hints on how to get your Tinder popping. Oh if you don’t know, Tinder is the worlds leading dating App with nearly 1.7 billion swipes and 26 million matches a day. It is a location-based app for both iOS and Android that serves up matches close by to make it easier to meet someone in your area. It also taps into your Facebook and IG accounts for some info like images.

Pictures: Face, Posture, Interests

Pictures are your representation so you represent yourself well. Your first pic should be epic. It should show your face, without sunglasses, with a friendly smile. Don’t use a selfie. Also, you’ve GOT to have more than one pictures of yourself otherwise you look like a creep, a rapist and totally no-go-zone. The second picture should show your posture for your potential matches to get a full image of you. Lets say someone’s face and posture are good but you want to know more about them. That’s where the third picture comes. It should show your interests. If you’re into sports, music or travel, have a picture of you doing that thing. The point is to look good but not Burberry model type of good, just normal good.

Tinder Bio

This is where you write your own personal pitch. On this section, you want to be real but interesting in order to impress some good looking people with similar interests. Don’t expose wounds because a bad person may take advantage. Similarly, tame your drama by not calling out douchbags or trying to justify your reasons for being here. Don’t pretend that you’re only looking for friends, if that’s that then go to church or the library because Tinder is a DATING SITE!

You’re trying to hook up with someone and you’re not the only one, so be prompt and interesting. This is no space to publish your biography. Three lines max, and say something cool like Willing to lie about how we met!

Age & Radius

Here you’re at liberty to do whatever you want. You can choose to cast your net around where you are or play far-away games. Similarly, this is where you get to target potential matches based on their age. Whatever you do, be smart or don’t complain if all your matches live in the same neighborhood.

Issa Match! How To Start The Convo

Congratulations, so now!? Its always fun until you have a match. Then you probably don’t know how to start chatting up without repelling them away. Basically, as a general rule, focus on making them see the value in hanging out with you. Don’t be vague or boring by going like, Hi, how are you? That’s what everyone says everywhere and you don’t want to play that card right now. Be creative while focusing on them. Longer messages are better at this level than one question conversations. A good place to start conversation is their pictures or what they say about themselves on the bio.

If you cant compliment them, find something neutral to spark conversation like Should we tell our grandparents we met on tinder?

Moving From Tinder-Asking For Numbers and Meeting Up

Dont chat too long on Tinder lest your interaction becomes stale too soon. After three to four days, you should ask for their number and start communicating like normal people. This usually is another tricky part because some people are just on Tinder to chat different people and have no intentions of meeting up or connecting further. Either way, find a way to find out without being a creep. Suggest something that won’t take much time, so you can both swiftly move on if it doesn’t work out.


Even though Tinder is quick and casual, it’s still a DATING APP, not a HOOKUP app. Some people are there just for sex, but most are looking for a relationship or are just checking it out for fun. If you are only down for a one-night stand, make it clear to whoever you’re getting involved with and most crucially, respect other people views, opinions and boundaries.

happy ever after 😉





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