Perhaps Tinder gets a bad name, but it seems that it is often a go-to for those who are up to no good, or already attached to someone else. Enter Swipe Buster, which could shake up the world of cheaters everywhere, and provide punishment to those who didn’t get caught up in the Ashley Madison scandal. Tinder has made over 10 billion matches since 2012, and is marketed towards the commitment-phobic.
According to The Inquisitr, Tinder has made an appearance in the news and in reality television. Kathryn Calhoun Dennis of Southern Charm was alerted to her baby daddy, Thomas Ravenel, on Tinder just weeks after the birth of their son. Now it seems possible that Dennis was using Swipe Buster to track her man moving through dating sites on the sly. She took to Twitter to let the world know that while she was home with two children under 2-years-old, he was trolling Twitter. “That moment your?boyfriend? gets called out for being on Tinder…by another woman.”
“Find out if they’re using Tinder for only $4.99” https://t.co/jaSVc9oFEG Paying to hack privacy? Or, was it never private to begin with?— McCann Truth Central (@McCannTruth) April 5, 2016
Vanity Fair is reporting that for every smart mouse, someone invents a better mouse trap, or in the case of Tinder and Swipe Buster, it might be a rat instead of a mouse. People have called Tinder the cause of the “dating apocalypse” and the death of romance. Invented by 20-somethings, largely for 20-somethings (Ravenel might be the exception at 54, though his target audience is in her 20s), it is reported that nobody on Tinder is looking for real love.
But Swipe Buster might just throw a wrench into the lives on the side of cheaters or would-be cheaters everywhere. Swipe Buster will allow someone to see if their partner (or boss, or friend, or ex-flame, or parent) is active on Tinder. For about a $5 fee, someone can enter some basic information, like name,approximate age, and/or location into Swipe Buster, and voila. Swipe Buster retrieves the information from the Tinder interface. Not only will the Swipe Buster be able to see if their partner uses Tinder, but the last time they logged on.
An interesting twist is that the creator of Swipe Buster wants to remain anonymous. Some are suggesting that Swipe Buster is a way to out-creep the creepers, but the creator of Swipe Buster claims he had a different motive.
“There is too much data about people that people themselves don’t know is available. Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they’re doing it.”
So is he suggesting that Swipe Buster is essentially a cautionary tale, umm, app?
A New App Called Swipe Buster Lets You Snoop On Whos Using Tinder - https://t.co/kRo3w8vES1 - UPROXX— Viral Fun (@ViralFun1) April 5, 2016
Jezebel says that the interest in tracking cheater surged with Ashley Madison, and now has taken the next step with Swipe Buster, and the stories that come from this should be truly scandalous. Swipe Buster gives the user the ability to do searches without having to download Tinder, the original app.
But Swipe Buster users might also learn something about themselves, by way of what they share, and what they do online. But some are suggesting that the window of opportunity to use Swipe Buster to find a cheating partner could be closing, because there are things that Tinder could do to block those using Swipe Buster. If in response to Swipe Buster, Tinder “locks its information and closes its A.P.I.”, Swipe Buster will cease to exist.
But Swipe Buster’s architect is hopeful that at least his goal will have been achieved, and people will know literally and figuratively how much they are risking online.
What do you think of Swipe Buster? Would you use it to find a loved one on Tinder?
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