These days, the various apps we’re using are all so interconnected that it can sometimes be difficult to orient yourself as to what social media platform you’re on at the moment.
You can easily do something silly or make a joke on one platform and then find out that people on some other apps already know all about it and are possibly making fun of you already! (Well, that’s sort of the worst-case scenario, but still.)
Further on, if you take into account the various algorithms these apps use to connect you to other people and to each other (meaning the apps), even an expert on the matter can get quite discombobulated trying to wrap his head around the whole deal!
In this article, we’ll talk about Tinder and how it’s connected to Facebook. More precisely, we’ll make a couple of suggestions on how to filter out your Facebook friends from your Tinder feed! (This is in case you don’t want your Facebook friends to know you’re on Tinder or simply want to have the two platforms completely separate from each other for some other reason.)
Without further ado, here’s the deal.
Tinder and Facebook in Cahoots – How it All Works
First, let’s set the stage for what is about to go down! (The explanation of how to separate Tinder from Facebook, as much as possible.)
One of the biggest sources of suggestions and potential matches that Tinder finds for your-good-lookin’-self is your Facebook profile. In fact, to make a Tinder account, you have to link it to your Facebook profile.
As a result, the information Facebook typically gathers regarding your friend circle, their location, as well as the even larger pool of mutual people known as ‘suggestions’, Tinder uses to organize the profiles of people that will pop up when you begin searching for a match.
Now, given the nature of this curious online symbiosis, some of your friends on Facebook may become aware of your exploits on Tinder (Not literally, but they can figure out you’re on the platform.), and what’s more- you’re quite likely to meet them on Tinder, as well!
While this is not necessarily that scary of a prospect, if you, for whatever reason, don’t want your Facebook friends to know you’re on Tinder, there are certain ways to bypass the seemingly inseparable connection between Facebook and Tinder, so you can be free of its shackles forever! (Well, at least to an extent. It’s hard to sneak past Facebook these days.)
How to Prevent Your Facebook Friends from Appearing in Your Tinder Feed?
Before we start this section, we’d like to point out that the solutions we’ll offer probably won’t be effective 100% of the time, so the safest way to approach this would be to create another Facebook account which you’ll use only for Tinder. (But then you shouldn’t add any friends to it, or what’s the purpose, right?)
If you, however, can’t be bothered to do this, these are some of the solutions that may increase the degree of your anonymity on Tinder, so to speak!
Ramp up Facebook Privacy Settings
This may sound like a no-brainer, but one of the easiest ways to prevent people from Tinder finding you easily on Facebook is to simply make your Facebook settings more robust.
Make sure to prevent strangers from seeing your phone number and account details and take a good look at how much information is available to your friends, as well. For example, you might want to disable the option of your friends posting stuff on your wall if you consider this too invasive!
Prevent Facebook from Showcasing You’re a ‘Tinderer’
Once you’ve taken the first steps to fortify your Facebook presence, you can take it up a notch and prevent anyone who’s on your friends’ list from seeing you’re on Tinder in the first place!
To do this, go to ‘Privacy Shortcuts’, then ‘See More Settings’, select ‘Apps’ and find the one that says ‘Tinder’ on it. After you’ve done this, you can set the app visibility to ‘Only Me’ which will mean no one will see the app listed on the roster of apps you’re using! Pretty simple, but it does the job fairly well!
Bottom line, if you don’t really fancy people seeing you on Tinder and then spamming your wall on Facebook, other than unfriending them, by tweaking your Facebook settings a little bit, you can achieve the degree of privacy you deem fit. Thus, you can go and have a ball on Tinder incognito with no Facebook friends being able to see what you’re up to!