A ladies’ guide to using Tinder’s new Super Like feature

Last week, Tinder officially rolled out an update for mass consumption—after a successful initial testing in Australia last month—that allows users to give a special someone a bigger dose of flattery in the form of a “Super Like.”

Normally, when you see someone you like, you swipe right; now, when you see someone you Super Like, you can either swipe up (as in boost their already-inflated ego up) or tap on the new blue star icon on their Tinder profile. Once you launch the coveted distinction into the online dating cosmos, the person you Super Liked now has the option to swipe left or right on you.

Regular users get one Super Like per day, while Premium users get five. You reportedly cannot bank Super Likes, so unless you’re willing to make that upgrade to a paid membership, make sure you use it on someone who truly deserves it.

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    If this little Tinder commercial is any indication, the new feature seems to be geared toward helping hapless women ward off pesky male admirers who are about three times as likely to swipe right on just about anyone.

    To help you figure out what to do with your Super Like, we rounded up a couple of useful tips that’ll ensure your Tinder match quotient remains pristine.

    1. Don’t use your one and only Super Like first thing in the morning.

    Make sure you’ve had coffee, taken a dump, had a hot shower, and are able to form intelligible sentences first before you do any actual up-swiping or blue-star-tapping. 

    Many people who have no idea what the new icon is have probably tapped it by mistake. Now that you know about the Super Like, handle the feature with care.

    2. Only swipe right on any Super Like senders you’re interested in.

    I mean, you already know they really, really like you, so unless you’d like to officially go steady with the person, there’s really no reason to reciprocate a Super Like. Swiping right is enough to make a match happen. Swiping left, is of course, always an option.

    3. Is his profile photo a full body shot that shows he wears Birkenstocks with socks?

    Hold back on the Super Like, no matter how hot he is. Immediately swipe left if it’s Crocs instead of Birkenstocks.

    4. Witty one line bio?

    If it’s your type of humor, swipe right. If it’s a successful attempt at self-deprecation without being a downer, swipe up. Anybody who can laugh at themselves is worth at least one conversation.

    5. Exposed moobs and a serial killer gaze?

    Oh hell no. Do not Super Like. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.  

    6. Animals in profile photos are usually a win.

    Super Like if they’re doing something adorable with their pet.

    7. Are they using hashtags like #SuperLikeForSuperLikes?

    No, thanks. In fact, when it comes to Super Liking, being stingy is always the better option rather than seeming desperate for attention. If you happen to have a Tinder Plus account and have Super Liked three times in the past five minutes, you might need to step away from your smartphone for a while and drink a glass of water or two because, damn, you’re thirsty.

    8. A cool and obscure quote in their Tinder bio from a movie/book/famous person that you like is definitely worth a Super Like. Swipe left if they get the quote wrong, naturally.

    9. This guy?

    Swipe left, unless you’re Super Bored.

    H/T Tinder | Illustration by Jason Reed

    Jam Kotenko

    Jam Kotenko

    Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.