There are a number of strategies you can adopt to increase your chances of getting a match on Tinder, but after getting someone else to swipe right there's only one things that matters: your opening line.
At least 97 percent of the time, introductions involve some variation of "Pics?," "DTF?," or an incredibly cheesy pick-up line. Most people become desensitized to these over time, so to garner a response you have to show a little bit of innovation.
For example, "Do you have pet insurance?" is an innocuous yet intriguing statement. When you can get the other person to type the words "nice icebreaker," you know you've done something right.
Matthew's initial response was even more refreshing. It looked like he was actually interested in having a conversation, and I'd have renewed hope for Tinder if I stopped reading there.
Thankfully, I didn't. Tinder might be hopeless, but at least it makes me laugh.