Last updated on 2018-10-01
Tinder Gold has now been officially released and many of us have wondered whether or not its new “See Who Likes You” feature is worth its price of 14.99 a month (for a below 29 year old US dwelling user).
Tinder Gold, the New Subscription Tier
Of course, this cost also includes all the Tinder Plus features. For a complete breakdown of those features, and to give you a better idea of whether they are worth the first 10 buck chunk of this subscription fee to you, see this updated guide on Tinder Plus Features & Paid Boosts (+Tinder Gold).
Now, what do you get for the remaining 5 dollars a month? That would be the “See Who Likes You” feature. That’s right, Tinder Gold really only consist of one feature. So as long as Tinder Plus still exists, we have to judge Gold solely on the merits of its sole gimmick. That Gimmick:
The “See Who Likes” You Feature
What this little golden hearted button does, is pretty much what we would expect from it. It takes us to a new tab of the app, where all the users that have already liked you are displayed in a grid view. You can then like or dislike those people directly from that screen, or delve into their profiles.
Knowing who already liked them before they decide on the direction of their swipe has been a very popular demand (and search query) among Tinder users. It’s no surprise then that tricks to find out have been a much discussed topic on the Tinder subreddit for example. There were also (more or less reliable) companion apps for Tinder that volunteered just this information. Interestingly, those (free) apps all stopped working with an API update prior to the Tinder Gold release. Hmmm.
Anywhoo, Gold is here and after the concluded testing phase, it looks like it’s here to stay. From all reports the “Likes You” feature seems to be functional, and people are getting what they paid for. But:
Is Tinder Gold Worth it? An Opinion
That is a question you must ultimately answer yourself. My personal opinion, which I’ve already expressed when Tinder Gold was announced, is that it may well be worth its five bucks for those who want to see who liked them, but that I don’t want to know in the first place.
I have never quite understood the great popularity of the (then free) apps and tricks that would tell you who liked you in advance. Why would I need to know, let alone go through any effort to find out? Tinder already puts the people who liked you at the top of your stack. Plus, getting a match “at random” and finding out somebody who’s mug you like also likes your mug was always half the fun of using Tinder to me.
There is also the technical detail that even with this function, you cannot just lay back and enjoy your curated list of people who like you. Not if you want to get a decent number of matches to talk to that is. Don’t forget that a significant amount of matches will still come from people you like first, as you get placed higher in their deck once you like them. So someone you would really like might never see your face if you wait for them to like you first.
Last but not least:
Shouldn’t you want to match/talk/go on a date with somebody whom you are truly interested in, as opposed to someone you just thought was “better than nothing” as a guaranteed match? I.e. Does knowing somebody already liked you really influence your swiping decision?
Maybe they will just stand out at you and you’ll give their profiles more attention before deciding this way. The feature could make sure you don’t miss somebody you would have glossed over otherwise. I can see that. Of course, it also depends on what your goal using Tinder is.
So, is it worth it to you? In short, if you want to find out who liked you before you swipe on them, and are willing to pay 5 dollars a month (on top of Tinder Plus’ 10 dollars) to find out, then yes, Tinder Gold is probably worth it.
Update: There is now an additional feature to Tinder Gold: Top Picks. Does it add more value to the subscription? The answer will surprise you!
It’s “No.” The answer is “No.”
What do you think? Did I miss something important? Do you use Gold and feel like sharing what you love about it? Do you dislike the feature, but for a different reason? Do you have a technical problem? Feel free to comment below, or on the SwipeHelper Subreddit.
Swipe On 🙂