By Anna Iovine
For those of you who want to find love on Tinder but feel like the pesky task of actually using the app is getting in the way, help is here.
It comes from MSCHF — the same folks behind pranks such as thisfootdoesnotexist and the chicken bong. The group’s latest drop is ClickSwipe, a desktop app that, once installed and logged into your Tinder account, will right-swipe anyone with a simple click of your mouse.
Here’s how it works: “ClickSwipe is a cross platform desktop app we built using Electron that utilizes the actual browser-based version of Tinder in the app itself,” said MSCHF’s developer. After you download ClickSwipe, you log into Tinder using their own verification system. MSCHF reverse engineered Tinder’s API so that when a click is detected, the API right-swipes on the browser version of the dating app.
Given the nefariousness of *some* companies regarding data privacy, my initial concern was more about MSCHF/ClickSwipe having my data than any of my clicks making risky swipes. According to MSCHF, however, no sensitive user information is seen or collected by them. The developer commented, “We’re just here to help you swipe.”
Fun? Maybe. Terrifying? Most likely! Thankfully, as soon as you exit ClickSwipe it no longer works, and from my experience with the app it also logs out of your Tinder account. I would include a video or gif demonstration but for the sake of the innocent (aka the poor souls I swipe on Tinder), I’ll refrain.
Now that we know the how, the next question is…why?
ClickSwipe is meant to dunk on men, said MSCHF’s head of commerce Daniel Greenberg, specifically those whose Tinder strategy is to right-swipe on everyone. Greenberg said, “How can we build something that both dunks on men and also can be seen by men as something awesome, like, ‘I need this’?” On the app’s FAQ page, another reason given is that “everything is meaningless.” Thus, ClickSwipe was born.
So if you want to make dating even easier than swiping while on the toilet, give ClickSwipe a try. It is “Swipe Season,” after all.