As of today, Instagram and Tinder are one.
On Wednesday morning, Sean Rad, the president and cofounder of Tinder, announced that users of the popular dating app will now be allowed to link their Instagram accounts directly to their Tinder page.
This is the first major update for Tinder since its initial launch in 2012.
If users choose to link accounts, their 34 most recent Instagram photos will appear directly on their Tinder profile, along with a link to redirect a potential suitor to their main Instagram page.
Those with private Instagram accounts needn't worry; linking to Tinder won't affect your privacy settings. The 34 recent photos will display on Tinder, but non-followers will not be able to access your actual Instagram page.
Also this morning, Tinder unveiled a new-and-improved interface designed to “help you better understand who the person is you're talking to,” as Rad explains.
You'll be able to see more information about people you know, add more information on your own profile (specifically, in the “interests” area) and measure the “degrees of separation” between you and another user's mutual contacts.
When you're able to asses the degrees of separation between you and an individual, it adds a lot of value in the form of context, trust and everything.
Ultimately, Rad hopes the new features will help users find -- and strike up conversations with -- potential matches (and maybe even fall in love).