Love Hack : Man hacks Tinder App’s ‘swipe right’ feature to send introductions to 200,000 women
Hacking is mostly done to either find bugs in a code or to make money if you are a cyber criminal. But this man from California developed a hack for love. Sebastian Stadil hacked Tinder to help him automatically ask thousands of women out on dates through the matchmaking App.
If you are on Tinder, you will know that the popular dating App requires both parties “swipe right” on profiles they like, before they are allowed to exchange messages. But Sebastian Stadil developed a string of code to automatically swipe right and send a few messages of introduction to as many women as possible. His hack was so successful that he was able to send intros to more than 200,000 women. Out of the 200,000 women, Stadil was able to date 200 women during a four-month period last year.
Sadly, even after dating 200 women, Stadil says he has not found true love. In fact, the Silicon Valley software engineer did land a few second and third dates due to his hack but nothing seemed to work out by his own admission. “I guess I’m perhaps a little bit too picky for my own good,” Stadil told CTV News Channel on Thursday.
Asked about the reason to create the code for auto intros on Tinder, the 31-year-old says he devised the program after an amicable breakup, in an attempt to keep up with his ex’s romantic exploits on Tinder.
“When I was comparing the success that she had with the success I had, I felt I needed to get some sort of competitive advantage,” Stadil said.
Stadil’s hack is simple, using his programming skills he put together a code that would automatically swipe right on Tinder. He also programmed the app to contact potential matches on OKCupid. “It kind of automates a lot of the repetitive process of reaching out to people online,” he said.
Before embarking on his ambitious dating spree, Stadil tested his code like a true pro by testing it using different profile photos, pre-written opening messages and automated responses.
Stadil says he found 12,000 “matches” with women willing to talk to him on the site, and spent $6,000 on coffee dates. He went on 150 first dates, 50 second dates and 17 third dates.
After tasting success with his hack, Stadil has now dropped the idea of spamming Tinder in search of “the chosen one.” Instead, he says he’s gone back to dating through “traditional sources.”