For those who don’t want to read the whole way through: yes, you can gain followers from Tinder pretty easily.
For the past few weeks my schedule has gone like this: Tuesday I pitch five articles. Tuesday through Friday I write the five articles and Saturday and Sunday I have to myself. I play my basketball and my tennis. I eat my whole bag of chocolate chips, even though I say I’m not going to and I’m going to ration it out throughout the week. On the weekend, I bake my bakes, read my reads. Monday I edit my articles and submit them. I don’t like to procrastinate, and I love the feeling of doing a lot in one go and moving on. Also, reflecting five days after I’ve written an article gives fresh eyes. Whatever, not the point. I don’t want to make a Tinder with my own face to gain followers because I don’t want random people from Tinder following me.
I pushed it to the Sunday before due, so you’ll have to excuse the results of the experiment are the results of a max of 24 hours. Still, the results are pretty telling. If kept for a week, I think someone could gain a substantial amount of new followers.
I’m not using my own pictures because I do not want a barrage of 50,000 men sending me creepy DMs. I’m using some random girl’s pictures — sorry, to that girl. She looks like she’s about twenty, and yes, I used bikini pictures. ANYWAYS as WEIRD as it is to admit I’m catfishing people on Tinder for 24 hours for the purpose of gaining followers on Instagram… the results…
Tinder Results Pour In
Within the first three minutes of making the Tinder, the Instagram that I had advertised had five follow requests. By a half-hour, I had 15.
Taking a step back from the number of followers, for the time being, what about the quality? In my genius brain, I can’t imagine people who are interested in you based on the potential of hooking up translating into steady or interactive followers. Similar to the rest of your following, likely, these people will interact with the content that attracted them to you in the first place. So, if you piqued the interest of your base by posting cat pictures, they’ll be drawn to those. If you piqued them with risqué pictures, that’s what they’ll want. If you’re willing and able to upkeep this pattern, then these would be good followers make. Otherwise, I think this might just be a temporary boost in followers. The risqué shots will probably be the posts you get with the most engagement from these followers.
Gaining a following based on your content so often requires a means of advertising your account. Outside of adding hashtags and locations, using mutuals or promotions, where does this advertising come from? Tinder is great because it just puts your face/name out there to a huge number of varied people. Beyond romantic or sexual interactions, it serves as a perfect platform to reach every demographic available. Countless companies have used Tinder as a means of promoting their company or product because of this. Though, the audience Tinder attracts is often very passive. People aren’t as active or engaging on Tinder as they are on other applications. Often, people just swipe passively and go.
Two hours have gone by and I have 25 follow requests, not bad, no?
If you’re new and trying to gain a wide following I feel this isn’t the worst way to go. Twenty-five people following in a two-hour window is pretty good. If you live in an urban center, this is especially true. Micro-influencers now have more earning potential than ever before, many brands and companies trust the micro-influencer more than the major ones. There’s more trust and value in the eyes of the people in those that are more in touch with their base. People have more time to connect with a base of 5000 than a base of 500,000.
You can still portray your niche through your Tinder account. This way, people know what you’re about and won’t unfollow you. You’re more likely to gain followers who have something in common with you. I’m sure linking an Instagram page up to your Tinder, that clearly shows the kinds of posts you promote, would land even more followers in a small time frame. Gaining consistent followers, through what is essentially free advertising through Tinder, would probably be easier if there was a distinct niche attached to your profile.
Tinder’s also great because you can set your distance, sex, and age group. If you want to start marketing towards people above or below a certain age, you have that option. If you want a broad demographic, it’s available, too. You can even pay $20 a month for Tinder Plus. From there, you get access to other cities and countries and increase your exposure to people completely unlike those directly available to you. You can alter your sex preferences to one or the other if you want your target audience to be men or women (or both).
Tinder, Color Me Impressed
After six hours, I had received 45 follow requests.
All of the following requests are men, even though I set the reach of this Tinder to men and women. If you’re looking to gain followers with women, I don’t think Tinder is the best way to go.
It’s been 24 hours now and I’ve gotten 78 follow requests. Given, this is on a locked profile with a very attractive and sexually appetizing woman, advertising to men who want to see attractive and sexually appetizing women. I’m sure the results would vary depending on the kind of person you present yourself as online, and your location. Tinder doesn’t seem like it’s all that bad in gaining followers. Nearly eighty new followers seems like it’s quite a bit to gain in a twenty-four-hour gap and putting yourself out there is always valuable.
Feature by Mika Baumeister