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MeetMe vs. Tinder

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Many people use regular social media sites to make friends, improve work connections, and find love. The last part is what this article aims to focus on. Should you use your regular social media account to improve your romantic life, or should you keep them separate?

MeetMe vs. Tinder is an article that not only introduces you to two top platforms that provide excellent dating services. This article will also show you what it is like for a platform to go from offering social networking services to a hybrid of that and dating services.

Which platform among both is being described here? Find out below.

MeetMe vs. Tinder

Comparison of History

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In sharp contrast to one another, MeetMe’s origin story feels more organic, more Hollywood-esque than Tinder’s. Today, this large online dating company was, believe it or not, started up by high school students.

It gets better because they weren’t just high school students; they were siblings. The original idea, you feel, was to connect people who finished the same year together. The original name certainly backs up that description as it was called ‘myYearbook.’

After they convinced their brother about the viability of the idea, they got in investors who put a lot of money behind the project. In 2005, MeetMe launched but as myYearbook. The social media platform went through a timeline of activities in its history. Along the line, it launched an iOS app and an Android one too.

In 2011, it purchased another social media company called Que Pasa, and it was this merger that let the name change to what it is today. MeetMe has yearly revenue of upwards of $20 million. Seven years after MeetMe was launched, Tinder was launched into the dating sphere. Tinder’s story is one of the startup incubators and venture capitalism.

Homepage - Tinder

The success story that venture capitalism defenders can point to as the evidence that startup incubators do work. Tinder was launched as a collaborative effort by two tech labs, and in 2012, the result of that collaboration was launched.

Today, Tinder is worth billions of dollars, and it owes that in no small part to its reinvention of how matchmaking systems should work on dating platforms. Its system proved successful, and Tinder now reports revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Key Features

Features - MeetMeBoth websites have several features that you can use for free. If you want to do more, they’ve made many extra features available for you, but for a fee. For example, on MeetMe, you can register an account and create a free profile on the platform.  After you’ve set up your profile, you can search for matches, chat them up, or put yourself out there in a more public way via Live Stream, all without paying a dime.

If you do subscribe for a premium account, you have access to more features such as seeing which user viewed your picture and might be secretly admiring you. The ads that you have to endure as a free account user disappears, and you can use the platform anonymously.

With a free Tinder account, you can register an account, there is no live stream option, but you will be featured publicly on the matching system. The matching system gives you the ability to make swipes. However, the number of right swipes you can make a day are capped.

Paying for Tinder arms you with features that can speed up your matching prospects. You can see which member swiped right on you, you can get instant matches, and you also have access to unlimited likes and right swipes.

If you pay for Tinder premium, you will appear at the top of your geographical queue on the app.

Sign-Up Process

Sign up - Tinder

Tinder’s sign-up process is straightforward, and you shouldn’t get stuck creating an account. You have the three options of signing up with Facebook, with a Google account, or with your email address/phone number.

In any of the cases, you will be required to submit your phone number to verify yourself. In 3-5 minutes, you should be done with the entire process.

Sign up - MeetMe

MeetMe’s sign-up process is faster than TInder’s. It takes only about a minute to create an account. Immediately after registering, you are ushered to a dashboard, and you can start getting matched with other members of the platform.

User Base

MeetMe has as many users globally as Tinder. In the United States alone, MeetMe has over 50 million users. Tinder has less than that in the United States. Tinder, however, has a more prominent global presence than MeetMe. It is also available in several more languages than MeetMe

Homepage - MeetMe
Homepage - Tinder

Ease of Use

Communicating - Tinder

Suppose there was an award for one of the most specific sites to use globally, it would-be Tinder. The main matching feature takes up the bulk of the screen, and the other menus you might need are unobtrusively placed on one side.

App - MeetMe

MeetMe has a web desktop version that could use some work in the design section to stop looking like Facebook did some years ago. They’ve paid a lot of attention to the app, though, and it has a neat and clean design.

Success Rate

MeetMe is excellent for establishing platonic relationships but not as many romantic ones. The site still has a lot to do to move from a social networking site to a dating one. Tinder is a better bet at getting some form of romantic connection with someone else.


Cost - MeetMe

MeetMe’s Plans

  • 1 Month: 6.99 USD
  • 3 Months: 16.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 24.99 USD

MeetMe’s Credits

  • 250 Credits: 2.99 USD
  • 500 Credits: 4.99 USD
  • 625 Credits: 9.99 USD
  • 2,000 Credits: 14.99 USD
  • 3,700 Credits: 24.99 USD

Prices - Tinder

Tinder’s Plans

Gold under 28
  • 1 Month: 14.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 52.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 82.99 USD
Gold over 28
  • 1 Month: 29.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 112.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 149.99 USD
Tinder Plus under 28
  • 1 Month: 9.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 34.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 54.99 USD
Tinder Plus over 28
  • 1 Month: 19.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 60.00 USD
  • 12 Months: 80.00 USD

Pros and Cons

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Tinder Pros

  • Romantic relationship-building focused
  • It has an excellent user interface across all of its platforms

Tinder Cons

  • Not useful for people trying to keep their social life and romantic life in one place
  • Tinder has been revealed to violate privacy agreements on user data

MeetMe Pros

  • It is a hybrid of a social networking site and an online dating platform
  • It is accessible on different platforms

MeetMe Cons

  • Low success rate
  • Web-version has an outdated interface

Bottom Line

One of MeetMe’s strengths is the Live Streaming service. Many people have revealed that is why they use the platform. That revelation doesn’t do MeetMe a world of good when it is assessed as a dating app.

If you want a platform that doubles as a social network and a dating platform so you can keep both aspects of your life separate while not keeping them separate, you are better off with MeetMe.

Tinder is dating-focused, always has been. If you are willing to keep your platonic relationships separate while your partner-hunting efforts are moved to a different platform, going with Tinder is a great choice.

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