Sometimes, a little fling is what is needed, a bit of an adventure born out of the wildest of imaginations. Sure, falling in love is great and all, but it is a tedious process.
There is so much to do between meeting someone who likes you back just as much as you admire, like, and want them. In between the ‘getting to know them,’ things could go awry, and you’d be back to square one.
Sometimes all the body wants is the sex and not the baggage that comes with it.
Ashley Madison vs. Tinder
Comparison of History
In 2002, years before anyone even thought of making Tinder, Ashley Madison was launched as a Canadian dating service for the married. Yes! You read that right, for the married.
The founder of Ashley Madison saw a community of marital affair lovers needing a platform to connect just as every other person had. Darren J, the founder, launched the site with the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair.”
Ashley Madison has since been providing networking services to an online community of those who have refused to let marriage hold them back from being their true self. It has suffered attacks, but that hasn’t stopped its user base or revenue from growing.
In 2015, Ashley Madison was able to generate revenue of $109 million. Tinder’s story is slightly different from Ashley Madison’s, and its target demographic is different too. Tinder began as a startup idea genuinely meant to connect strangers looking for romantic relationships.
It was built out by Hatch Labs and Xtreme Labs and bankrolled by IAC, the company which owns it and several other dating sites. Tinder was fun to use and finding a match felt very much like being in a video game, which was vital to its success.
Tinder grew and took the form of what you could describe as a ‘hookup app.’ For some, this isn’t good, but if you were looking for something casual, Tinder offered you much prospect.
Everyone is welcome, cheating spouses, single people, anyone can use Tinder. Tinder’s revenue dwarfs what Ashley Madison earns. It rakes in over a billion dollars every year.
Both websites have different features that can help make your aim of finding a partner comfortable. There are features that they let you have for free, and the more mouth-watering and cool features all exist under a paid tier.
Ashley Madison runs a credit-based system, which means you are not charged per a monthly subscription for access to exclusive features; instead, you buy credits to use any feature you like.
The free services on Ashley Madison, which are vital to getting a match, can create an account, like and view other member’s profiles, send winks to members you like, and use the advanced search filters.
Tinder charges you every month to use its exclusive features. Other than that, you can do some basic things on the site for free. You can download the app version for free, and you can register an account for free.
You are allowed to upload pictures of yourself to make an impression on other users who may search for you. Members who also use the app near you will pop up for free, and you get one super like every day to tell that one person you really like them.
Comparison of the Sign-Up Process
Tinder’s sign-up process is pretty easy and straightforward. You can create an account using your browser. You can sign up using Facebook or your existing Google account.
You can also sign-up by creating a new account with your email address or phone number.
You have to verify any email you provide. If you sign-up with either Facebook or Google, you will still be required to receive a verification code on your mobile phone to complete your registration.
Ashley Madison also has a quick and easy sign-up process since getting users onboard pretty quickly is a characteristic of clandestine sites such as this.
Not much information is required because of the nature of the app. You have to specify your relationship status before joining the platform.
In 2019, Ashley Madison recorded a user base of about 60 million users, with 17 million of those coming from the United States alone.
It has a large membership pool and an active middle-aged community. Most of its user base log into the app from countries like the USA, Canada, UK, and Brazil.
Tinder has a similar number of users globally but has more people logging into the app daily than Ashley Madison. Both platforms provide their platforms in several languages to people who do not speak English.
Ease of Use
Tinder is very straightforward and easy to use, and you need no extra tips to use the application, especially if you already know about its swiped-based system beforehand. The design is excellent, and if you do get lost, there are instructions at the bottom of the page to guide you.
Ashley Madison looks elegant and straightforward also. You can navigate the site very quickly. Ashley Madison could do away with the navigation bar’s current placement if they want their website to stand out truly.
Both sites are great at what they do. An Ashley Madison executive once boasted of the site helping to create over a million affairs every month. Tinder’s number of active daily users suggest people find it helpful and useful too.
Pros and Cons
- Available to a broader demographic
- Available to the global world
- You have to filter out those who want to hookup or not by a trial and error process
Ashley Madison Pros
- Its target niche enjoy features geared to optimize that kind of relationship
- Its credit-based system ensures you are only paying for what you use.
Ashley Madison Cons
- It is not available in every country of the world
You should know that Ashley Madison has had run-ins with the moral police before. Moral police here refer to ordinary citizens who consider themselves some sort of upholders for society’s morals.
Ashley Madison was hacked, and its record of users was made public. This was a long time ago, and the platform has not had any issues since then.
For Tinder, they have been found guilty of violating their users’ privacy rights by selling their data to third-party platforms. If you can overlook all of this to join either platform, you are in for what could hopefully be a world of delight.