It was actually mind-boggling how many of the different apps I downloaded had a design similar to Tinder’s, complete with swipe right/swipe left directions.

In fact, even the classic apps often had an option to do this kind of matching with others!

), but with a sticker price of .99 a month, Tinder Plus is definitely outside the budget of most of its users.

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These apps may not be super popular yet, but apps like these (ones that use mobile platforms to facilitate in-person connections) could easily end up being the future of online dating.

How About We (Android/i OS): How About We cuts right to the first date, whatever your ideal first date may be.

Bumble includes almost all of the same features as Tinder, but has two key differences – women are the only ones who can message a match first, and if they don’t message within twenty-four hours of matching the match disappears.

Bumble has only been available for four months at this point, but these functions have made it incredibly popular with women, as women’s experiences with online dating Badoo (Android/i OS): Badoo also essentially functions the same as Tinder, but gives a little more biographical information than Tinder’s allotted 500 characters.

Since its 2012 launch, Tinder has quickly become one of the most popular forms of online dating.

Its simplicity has been part of what makes it so attractive to its users – using geolocation, the app shows users profiles of their preferred gender and age-range within a set geographical area.Until recently, one of the biggest draws to Tinder was that it was completely free.However, its most recent update included features (such as the ability to view profiles of individuals who aren’t in your local area or undo an accidental swipe) that can only be accessed by a monthly subscription fee to an upgraded version of Tinder called Tinder Plus.I spent some time this week doing some research (sadly, none of which ended in a date) on the best free alternatives to Tinder currently on the market – the classics, the copy-cats, the creative, and the crazy – because at some point, we’re all going to run out of right swipes and need another app to turn to!When it comes to online dating, there is a lot of comfort and success in choosing apps that are already popular (unsurprisingly, dating apps without a lot of users tend to not work very well).The “Quickmatch” function is a swipe-based matching system, but other matches (determined based on your answers to quick yes/no questions) are ranked by their compatibility to you.