Online dating is not the only thing that Tinder has made popular. It has also started a craze for apps that turn decision making into a simple yes-or-no affair rather than a stressful one riddled with maybes.
Today we’ll take a look at eight such apps that have capitalized on Tinder’s successful swipe left/right approach. Unlike Tinder, these have nothing to with dating though. Also, it’s still early days for a few of them, so don’t dismiss those outright if you find a flaw or two.
Morning Mail serves up unread messages from your inbox one by one. You can swipe them left to delete them or swipe them right to archive them. What about emails that you don’t want to delete or archive? Just swipe down to mark them as read.
If you want a full-featured email app, you’d better look elsewhere. Morning Mail does give you a regular inbox view and allow you to compose mails, but its functionality pretty much ends there. That’s because with its card-swiping approach, the app’s focus is on helping you reach and maintain Inbox Zero — and it does what it says on the box.
With Switch you browse profiles just like you do on Tinder, except that you’re doing so with the intention of hiring someone or getting hired. If you swipe right on a job profile and the recruiter for that job has swiped right on your profile, congratulations — it’s a match. Switch will put you and the recruiter in contact with each other.
Worried that your current employer will find out about your ongoing job search? Don’t be! Switch allows you to go incognito if you wish to. Note that the jobs on Switch are US-based, and there’s Switch for Android as well.
You might also want to check out Jobr. It’s a nice alternative to Switch.
Choosing what to have for dinner would be so much easier if you could point at food heaped on a plate and say “I want to eat that” — and that’s exactly what you can do with Tender. It serves up all kinds of delicious-looking food, from appetizers to entrées to desserts.
The bad news is that you’ll still have to get off the couch to cook dinner, but Tender helps you there too by sharing recipes for the dishes you like. You can also search for recipes based on core ingredients and swipe to save recipes.
If eating is your thing, but cooking isn’t, you could still look up food on Tender and then order it from elsewhere online. Keep in mind though that ordering food from your phone can ruin your health.
After Tinder for email and jobs and food, there’s a Tinder for movies and TV. That had to happen, right? MightyTV helps you pick stuff to watch by showing you what you’re most likely to watch.
You’ll have to go through a session of serious swiping in the beginning to help MightyTV learn more about your video likes and dislikes. As usual, swiping left equals a thumbs down and swiping right equals a thumbs up. Swipe up to skip recommendations for now, and if you love a video, swipe right and hold to mark it as such.
MightyTV also bases its recommendations on data from your subscriptions across Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and so on, but swiping left and right is the most effective way to get the best recommendations.
I did have trouble signing up for MightyTV. For every email I used, I got an error message that said the email has already been registered, but while trying to log in with that email, I’d get this: No account found for this email. I hope you have better luck with the sign-up process.
Any track you like — by swiping right, of course — goes into your playlist, and also becomes the basis for future recommendations. If you’re an artist, you can even submit your tracks to Choosic to reach a wider audience. What’s more, Choosic is free to download and ad-free, the catch is that you can sign up for it only by using a Facebook account.
Next is another (ad-free) music discovery app worth checking out. You get to listen to 30-second clips before you vote/swipe yay or nay. You can even follow artists you like to get updates when they release new videos.
Spotlst also allows you to curate playlists by searching for artists and swiping through tracks left or right. It gives you 30-second previews to help you vote. Unfortunately, Spotlst doesn’t have a mobile app.
If you think an app created just to clean up the list of people you’re following on Twitter is a joke, you’re right. Twindr was meant to be a joke, but people have ended up taking it seriously and making it quite popular along the way.
The profiles of the Twitter users you’re following show up as individual cards. Swipe cards left to unfollow people, swipe cards right to continue keeping people on your list. You might have to do quite a bit of right swiping to begin with because the most recent profiles you followed show up first and chances are that you don’t want to get rid of them just yet.
This one’s Tinder for your iPhone’s camera roll. It’s hard to tell which photos you’d like to delete and which ones you’d like to keep from a bunch of thumbnails alone. Flic is here to solve that problem. It allows you to sift through your photos one by one and swipe them left or right to trash or keep them.
What’s annoying about Flic is that every time you’re done processing photos from one month, you have to tap a button that says Continue to next month, and occasionally a few photos that you have deleted appear in the sorting queue again. We’d recommend installing the app to figure out for yourself if these are deal-breakers for you.
Whether you’re buying or renting, you can find your next home from your iPhone with Doorsteps. The app brings together apartment and home listings from across US cities in a simple interface that you can swipe through. If you accidentally swipe left instead of right on a listing that you like, you have the option to undo it.
Whether you’re searching for your next home or looking to be inspired, Doorsteps Swipe will feed your curiosity.???? pic.twitter.com/rpEZZGElKX
Each listing starts with a photo card of the property, but Doorsteps doesn’t ask you to approve or pass on a listing based only on a photo. When you tap on the photo, the app displays everything you need to know about the corresponding property — address, square footage, price, everything. You can add specific criteria as filters to narrow down your search.
Think you have found “the one” ? You can ask for the opinion of your family and friends by sharing the listing via email, SMS, or Facebook right from the app.
More “Tinder for This” and “Tinder for That”
Here are a few more apps that you’ll want to know about:
It looks like the Tinder way of doing things is here to stay, if the number of swipe-based apps that have cropped up are anything to go by. Which of them have come up on your radar that are worth mentioning?
Do you like the concept of Tinder-style apps? Swipe right to vote yes! Uh… we mean please leave a comment.