Eventually, escorts stopped matching with me altogether, despite still showing up first whenever I opened Tinder.Perhaps the algorithm that generated these profiles was getting smarter.Patterns emerged: apparently almost every woman under 30 in this city "Loves whiskey," is really into Hallmark-caliber affirmation quotes, and fake moustaches. So much swiping, so much chatting, only to be disappointed in the flesh. The app represents an enormous market (Tinder claims it matches over 10 million horny users a day) and a mammoth valuation (as high as billion).With a mix of a huge crowd and lots of money, it would make sense for Tinder to attract a more industrious determined type of user: sex workers.The point: it seemed like users could easily skip the chit-chat and just pay someone for sex without leaving their i Phone.From terms of service, it forbids commercial solicitation of any kind—including "advertising or soliciting any user to buy or sell any products or services not offered by the Company." Yet and still, escorts on Tinder appear to have become enough of an issue to prompt New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria to blast the app specifically in his attempt to "clean up" dating sites. Is there some cyber pimp wearing Geordi La Forge glasses running the show via smartphone? It didn't take all that long to understand what was really going on.I moved back to New York from Cairo in January of 2014, and among the biggest culture shocks was American Tinder.
For the most part these consist of a BBBJ (Bare Back Blow Job, as in no condom) and GFE (Girlfriend Experience, as in she will treat you with artificial affection and give you the "experience" of making love as your girlfriend), with slight variations in the pitch."Our laws can't and don't keep pace with technological advancement and there will always be people looking to exploit those loopholes," Candelaria told KOB Eyewitness News 4. Our courts have said our pimping laws are not applicable to the internet."So, just how does it work? Far from being the wild west of the sex trade, with programmers teaming up with escorts to maximize profits, Tinder is suffering from a plague of spambots. After about an hour, these profiles disappeared from my Match list.It is quite possible that at some point recently there really were flesh and blood escorts using Tinder, but the new and ubiquitous ones flooding my stream seem nothing more than artificial profiles. After matching with one of the women/bots advertising their services I messaged them, "Hey! I tried this on and off over the course of 24 hours.At this point I was fairly sure these were spambots, but continued to track down escorts to make sure.
For escorts (and their backers), Tinder's anonymity and ease of use make it a natural fit.Of all the dating sites, a photo-based app like Tinder is most like a billboard: it advertises only your best features, with no screen-space for blemishes.