The crypto payments platform Bitrefill is touting its crypto bridge to Tinder, one of the world’s highest grossing mobile apps.
Bitrefill allows crypto enthusiasts to buy a Google Play or Apple iTunes (App Store) gift card using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash and Dogecoin. The gift cards can then be applied to subscriptions on Tinder and hundreds of other apps.
Need a date for Valentine's Day? Did you know you can pay for #Tinder premium subscriptions with cryptocurrency using Bitrefill gift cards? Learn how here: 🔥https://t.co/GflbweJcTA🔥 pic.twitter.com/nOQnuokMMU
— Bitrefill (@bitrefill) February 11, 2019
In addition to its free service, Tinder offers premium subscription plans – Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold – among other features that are designed to empower users to master the dating scene. Premium subscribers can rack up more profile “likes”, up their swipe privileges, and change their geographic browsing location to check out other lonely hearts around the world.
Tinder Gold members can also see who “liked” their profiles and check out their hot Daily Tinder Picks.
Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin got fan love and over 11,000 Twitter likes when he championed cards as a smart form of crypto adoption. Buterin says giving people an easy way to buy small amounts of crypto for everyday use paves the way to adoption.
I think there's too much emphasis on BTC/ETH/whatever ETFs, and not enough emphasis on making it easier for people to buy $5 to $100 in cryptocurrency via cards at corner stores. The former is better for pumping price, but the latter is much better for actual adoption.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) July 29, 2018
At the height of the crypto boom in January 2018, crypto and Tinder were a red hot combo, appealing to the single, young and mobile.
Tinder user Rachel Thompson, who decided to test a few crypto-related pickups lines, reported in Mashable,
“One line, suggested by a colleague, worked a charm on a chap named Christopher. I opened with ‘I wanna be your monero,’ which I wasn’t entirely certain would prove fruitful. I was wrong, though. Christopher took the bait. Big time. He told me I could interrogate his ‘private digital protocols’ any time. Gosh.”
With Bitcoin currently trading around $3,634, down from its all-time high around $20,000, and Monero trading around $50, down from its all-time high around $494, the jokes are ice. Instead, crypto banter is waiting for its next shot at a comeback.