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The secret to Tinder success lies in GIFs

The app says GIF messages are 30 percent more likely to receive a response.


Jaya Saxena


Posted on Aug 17, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:04 am CDT

According to new data from Tinder, if you’re not using a GIF or an emoji in your messaging with potential dates, you may as well put up a giant sign that says “swipe left” on your profile. The company says GIF messages are 30 percent more likely to receive a response, and those with GIFs last twice as long as those without.

However, there are a hell of a lot of GIFs out there, and you don’t want to be caught sending a “hugging monkey” when you really mean “Rihanna waving hi.”

For instance, when you want to say, “I’m funny but also a little bit of a slut, flirt with me pronto,” try this pup. 

Or when you want to be goofy and she seems to like cats, there’s this.

For when you’re confident you’re the sexist person in the world.

When you want to creep him out a little bit, just to test.

When you want to tell him that your conversation is really fun.

When he says something terrible.

When he opens with a dick pic.

Happy swiping!

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2016, 11:51 am CDT