The prank was set up by a California-based computer engineer who created a program that identified two men who “liked” one of his bait profiles.
One of the profiles featured a photo of a vlogger named Boxxy and one used the photo of an acquaintance who had given her consent.
The program relayed the men’s messages – “some aggressive, others mundane, but all of them unabashedly flirtatious” – back and forth through the dummy profile.
The engineer – The Verge gave him the pseudonym of “Patrick” – used to be a Tinder user and in fact met his current girlfriend there.
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He was inspired to create the prank program by listening to women friends complain about their incoming Tinder messages: First, he started to build a Twitter bot to tweet out every first message received by a female friend, but Tinder was more amenable to the prank, he said.
That’s because Tinder’s API is notoriously vulnerable to being exploited.
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Flirting, at its most basic, is playfully showing you are romantically attracted to someone.
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Screenshots of the confused conversations that followed were provided to The Verge, which already maintains a chat room that’s dedicated to the curation of staffers’ Tinder misadventures – a “bleak landscape,” Michael Zelenko writes.
Now, the publication has a new genre to add to its Tinder compilation: the baffled but ever-hopeful male Tinder user.
When you’re on Tinder just looking to score a one night stand, sorting through all the saps in search of true love (or at least a first date) can be a royal pain.
How is anyone supposed to get straight to it when everyone’s being ambiguous, trying to chat and whatnot?