IT’S one of the world’s most popular dating apps – but with a staggering 50 MILLION singletons using Tinder, how on earth are you meant to stand out among the rest?
Enter Stefan-Pierre Tomlin: Tinder’s most ‘swiped-right’ man who (unsurprisingly) knows a thing or two about what makes a truly irresistible profile.
In 2017, the 29-year-old model and presenter from London was named Tinder’s most fancied men by the dating app.
Although he originally thought it was all a “big practical joke”, the singleton catapulted to fame overnight and has made a career out of his dating app tips and tricks – including a new single called Swipe Right.
The model – who boasts over 170,000 followers on Instagram and is now dating 2018 X Factor hopeful Natasha Boon – claims his Tinder success was a result of being very active on the app.
But with his tall 6ft 2in stature and savvy fashion sense, we can’t help but wonder if it was more to do with his good looks – he IS a professional model after all.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, Stefan-Pierre has revealed how YOU too can make Tinder’s Most Wanted list and bag yourself a load of hot dates – and there’s a lot more to it than just posing for a sexy selfie.
1. Your first photo must feature a brightly coloured background
There’s no denying that your first photo – i.e. the one potential matches see when they come across your profile – is how you catch another user’s interest.
“On a dating app, you have 0.5 seconds to decide whether you like someone enough before you go on their bio,” Stefan-Pierre said. “So it’s important to have a nice presentable photo as your profile picture which also stands out.”
In order to capture your potential match’s attention, Mr Tinder says singletons need to think carefully about their profile picture and choose one which features a brightly coloured background.
“You need to have a photo on a bright background – it pops for people as they’re swiping through,” he continued.
What’s more, Stefan also claims that yellow and blue will help you stand out in the crowd.
He asserted: “People with blue in their photos – whether that’s graffiti or the ocean or bright blue skies – get more swipes than others.”
2. Include at least one sexy holiday photo in your selection of six
Considering how you’re only allowed a maximum of six photos to pique potential dates’ interest, you’ve got to stop and think about which images will present you in your best light… literally.
According to our Tinder expert, holiday photos are a pretty safe bet to showing off your free-spirited side – as long as YOU actually feature in them.
What would make Mr Tinder swipe right on YOU?
- A smiley, happy photo of you in a good light – ‘it shows you’re fun and don’t take yourself too seriously’
- Relating to your hobbies in your bio – ‘I relate you what their picture looks like and if I read a few lines of their bio that interests me then that’s a guaranteed swipe’
- Include photos of you dressed up and looking as well as more casual pictures of you – ‘this variety gives you a better sense of the person’
- Write a cheeky, funny bio – ‘it invites people to open a conversation and makes you more approachable’
Whether you’re kicking back on a British beach or sipping a cocktail by a pool in Ibiza, Stefan-Pierre said: “The best photos for swipes are the ones of girls on holiday.
“One where they look like they’re having fun. That would work better than all the others.”
3. Make sure you’re doing something different in each of your photos – while looking candid
While we can’t exactly blame anyone for filling their Tinder profile with super glam photos of ourselves on nights out (guilty as charged), Stefan-Pierre claims that candid photos showing off your hobbies will garner more interest.
“Guys on there are looking for something different – so if you’re looking to stand out then you need to have pictures that aren’t too posed,” he said.
Although your fun holiday snaps might invite a potential match to tap on your profile, it’s not going to be enough to convince them to swipe right.
Mr Tinder continued: “It works well to show photos of you doing your interests instead of just partying with your mates. So if you like horse-riding, put that in there.
“Include some pictures where you look smart, beautiful or handsome and others where you look more casual.”
4. Be active on the app at 2pm on a Sunday
Okay, enough about photos – what about the best times to swipe? According to our dating app expert, Sunday afternoons are ideal if you’re looking to ramp up the matches as 80 per cent of users enjoy a quick swiping session during their day off.
“Sunday at 2pm is the peak time,” Stefan-Pierre said. “It’s because everyone is so hungover, feeling a bit sorry for themselves and literally everyone is indoors on their phone – especially in the winter.”
Based on his personal experience, he added: “People are also trying to plan their week with dates in the future.”
5. Swipe for new matches after 10.30pm on a weeknight
But if sitting down for a Tinder session every Sunday isn’t your thing, the most popular man on the app also recommends opening Tinder on a nightly basis.
He added: “10:30pm onwards on a week night is a good time as well.
“When people are scrolling through Instagram right before bed, they’re gonna have a cheeky look at Tinder too.”
Stefan-Pierre also claims that the majority of users are “too embarrassed” to regularly check the app throughout the day so keep an eye on it during the evening instead. Duly noted.
Mr Tinder’s Top 10 Tips for getting more matches:
- Make sure your first photo has brightly coloured background – Stefan-Pierre says using yellow or blue in your profile picture will make your profile stand out against the countless others your matches are swiping through
- Include a sexy holiday photo in your selection – poolside pics show off your fun, relaxed side according to our dating expert
- Ensure you’re doing something different in every one of your photos – forget posting loads of glam club shots, Tinder’s most fancied man claims sharing photos of you doing different activites and looking dressed up AND casual will guarantee the most success
- Be active on the app at 2pm on Sunday – Mr Tinder claims this is the peak time for the app as users are recovering from a big night out and planning dates for the week ahead
- Swipe for new matches after 10:30pm on a weeknight – singletons on the app also regularly check the app before bed when they’re swiping though Instagram, Stefan-Pierre says
- Use the Facebook alorgorithm to get ahead – syncing your Faceook and Instagram profiles to your Tinder can help you match with people with similar interests based on what pages you’ve “liked” or accounts you follow
- Change your location using Tinder’s premium service – if you fancy bagging yourself a banker, Tinder Plus allows you to drop your location pin anywhere in the world – including Canary Wharf
- Crack a joke in your bio – it shows you don’t take yourself too seriously and makes you more approachable on the app, Stefan-Pierre says
- Don’t give away too much away – keep your bio “short and snappy” to give your potential match something to ask you about
- Avoid grpup photos in the first three pictures – this will help your match differentiate you from your mates in that uber glam clubbing photo
6. Use the Facebook algorithm to get ahead of other users
What plenty of Tinder users (ourselves included) never realised is how the dating app uses your Facebook information – and it turns out, you can also use this to your advantage too.
If you sync your Tinder profile to your Facebook and Instagram, the dating app will collect that information and incorporate into what users they present you with.
Stefan explained: “Tinder goes by the Facebook algorithm so if you ‘like’ a page – let’s say, the Lamborghini page – it will match you with people who like Lamborghini’s on Facebook first.
That’s how it works.”
That’s right, you could potentially bag yourself a boyfriend with a sports car by simply liking a couple of Facebook pages. Sold.
7. Sign up for Tinder premium to match with users all around the world
But that’s not the only way you can increase your chances of matches.
Tinder’s Plus and Gold premium services charges users a small monthly fee – £3.99 for people aged between 18 and 27 and £14.99 for those over 28 – to match with others all over the world.
“If you want to meet a doctor,” Stefan-Pierre said. “All you have to do is pay for a premium account and it allows you to move you pin to anywhere in the world or any part of the country.
“If you move your pin into one of these private hospitals and set your proximity to 1km and adapt your bio accordingly to something medical related, I guarantee you’ll probably match with a doctor.”
While it might sound too good to be true, Stefan-Pierre claims he’s seen this method work first-hand with one of his friends.
He added: “One of my girl mates, she wanted to meet a pilot so I literally just put the pin into Heathrow airport and I set it to 1km and said she liked travelling in her bio and it took about an hour and a half and she’d matched a pilot. He was a captain for Virgin.”
What’s more, Mr Tinder also found the method works for his own account.
“I put my pin in LA and I put in right on top on ING modelling agency and I just wanted to see how many models I could match with,” he said. “It proper worked. Every single swipe was a match.”
8. Crack a joke in your bio
It might sound obvious but it’s best to keep things lighthearted on Tinder, according to our expert.
Instead of telling potential matches your life story – or worse still, having NO bio – Stefan-Pierre recommends a “short, catchy and funny” bio that other users won’t forget any time soon.
Recommending that singleton opt for some flirty banter in their bio, he said: “You should put one of your cheekiest, favourite jokes in there.”
Note to self: a knock-knock joke doesn’t count.
Stefan’s tips for breaking the ice after you’ve matched:
- A GIF is a fun and effective way of breaking the ice as its really helped me in the past to inject a scoop of emotion into the opening message
- “What are you doing on this app!?! Your way too beautiful to be on here…”
- “Do you like raisins…? Would you like a date?
- “Did it hurt when you fell out the sky? Because you’re an angel.”
9. Don’t give away too much information in your description
There’s no denying that writing the perfect Tinder bio is something of a fine art.
But according to Stefan-Pierre, less is always more when you’re trying to peak someone’s interest on the app.
He said: “Short and snappy is always better because you want to give someone the chance to talk to you.
“If you give away too much in your bio, then there’s not much to talk about.
“But obviously, it’s good to relate to your hobbies as well.”
10. Avoid group photos in the first three pictures
It might be your favourite photo that’s EVER been taken of you – but if that club photo of you and your mates is your profile picture, potential matches are going to struggle to identify who you are in the crowd.
Stefan added: “I don’t recommend putting your friends in the pictures – it has to be just you in the best happy place.
“It’s so important to show yourself in the best light.”
BRB just spending the foreseeable future polishing up our Tinder profile.
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