Tinder is all about bringing strangers closer. Usually, in a very very fun way 😉 but in these times, when the new coronavirus is pushing people into self-isolation and social distancing, there’s a much bigger need: connecting those stuck at home. So, the company adjusted their goals and services to help the people quarantined share their experience, fears and hopefully, find hope together.
Starting next week, Tinder will make their Passport feature free for all users until April 30th. The company says it hopes to “virtually transport yourself out of self-quarantine to anywhere in the world.”
If you are not a Tinder Gold or Plus user, then you may not know what Passport does. This service allows you to search by city or drop a pin anywhere on the map to start swiping there. “You can check in on folks in their hometown, college town, or sister city, and find those across the world who are going through the same things. If nothing else, you can learn how to say “hey” in another language“, explains Tinder.
These days, when people are told to stay inside in order to avoid being infected with coronavirus and thus getting ill, spreading the infection and burdening further the medical system, sharing your fears and finding a kindred spirit may be hard.
Tinder’s action might help make that easier even if users won’t be able to date the persons they’re connecting with offline, until after the pandemic ends.