The creators of the popular dating app Tinder have just launched Stacks, an app designed to bring all of your swiping activities to the next level. Namely, Stacks is not an actual application but a plug-in for the recently launched Apple Messages platform. Stacks will soon debut on Android, as well but more on that later. Back to this curious creation, it's programmed as kind of an integrated mobile polling tool which you can use to let your friends vote on virtually any photo. Where? Everywhere!
Namely, iOS users who have Tinder installed on their iPhones and iPads can now instantly access Stacks through the Messages app after downloading the latest Tinder update from the App Store. Using the tool is as simple as selecting multiple photos and confirming the selection in order to put them into a virtual stack, not unlike the stack of people you see on Tinder. After that's done, the picture stack can be sent to any number of contacts who can then vote on its contents by swiping left for "no" and right for "yes". In other words, Stacks is basically Tinder with the dating aspect taken out of the equation. Check out the official screenshots below to get a better idea of how Stacks works in practice.
All in all, it's interesting to see Tinder expand its portfolio to products that aren't necessarily related to dating. If this social polling experiment succeeds and Stacks finds its audience among the iOS users, it's likely to launch as a standalone Android app in the near future. Analysts speculate that Stacks was created primarily as Tinder's attempt to reach a younger demographic and further drive the growth of the already quite popular dating app. That isn't to say Tinder is moving away from the dating app market, just that it's diversifying. The developers are still very much aware of their core audience and have recently introduced a plethora of new additions to Tinder including the friend-finding service Tinder Social, Spotify integration, and a profile recommendations system. So, even after more than four years on the market, Tinder is still very much a relevant player in the industry.