Ah, the Tinder bio. You can learn so much about a person in so few characters; even if they leave the bio section empty, that speaks volumes (p.s. don’t ever leave it empty — we all know the bio isn’t the most important thing, but come on; you’re sure to get swiped the dreaded left if you don’t give people even an inkling of who you are). You’ve got max 500 characters to catch eyes and pique interest; use them wisely.
Okay, so that’s good advice, but vague at best. So, first we have a few guidelines for creating a great Tinder bio (and BONUS! extra tips for crafting a killer profile pic) read on for some quick tips on building a successful bio and then harvest some inspiration from these Best Tinder Bios of All Time.
Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really strangers. — Mary Tyler Moore
How to Craft an Excellent Tinder Bio
Yes, your Tinder bio can be most excellent, just like Bill and Ted’s adventure.
And with the advent of the latest Tinder offering, Smart Profiles, in which you can show where you went to school and your occupation, Tinder’s profile is becoming a little more involved. So it behooves us to put a little more effort into the profile. In early November 2015, Tinder rolled out the Smart Profile, but the driving force behind the latest version is a new algorithm, steeped in mystery (because aren’t all algorithms steeped in mystery), meant to make more meaningful connections — another step in Tinder trying to shake off that whole “game” or “hook up” site reputation.
Anywho, get to know your app a little better and make it work for you. In the mean time, here are some tips for a skillfully made Tinder Bio:
- As previously mentioned, don’t skip it! It just looks like you don’t care.
- I’m a fan of quotes, but nothing too obvious or asinine. Quotes from your favorite TV show or book give some insight into what kind of person you might be. And if you’re afraid your quote is too nerdy or obscure, remember that that can actually work to your advantage, especially if you’re looking to make a new friend or you’re looking for quality companionship, if that person gets your reference, Ding Ding Ding!, they share that same interest.
- Keep is simple and clean (design wise, at least). It is the year of the emoji, after all. People are accustomed to seeing emoji now, so have a little fun in your bio. Just don’t be an idiot.
- You can always start and end with a good, solid, fun fact. It may even be a sort of commentary on your profile pic.
Bonus! Tips for Tinder Profile Pic
Because let’s be real: it’s kind of all about the picture. Number one tip for guys: everyone’s over the “I go to the gym and can take off my shirt whilst working out because I’m so hot both literally and figuratively wink wink” selfie (and yes, that’s what I think is going through your mind when I see this particular brand of selfie). Whether you go to the gym or not, just stop; wait, don’t stop going to the gym, stop taking selfies at said gym and putting them as your Tinder profile pic. Also, put your shirt back on. Yeah, have a token shirtless pic, just don’t make it your profile. You’ll just come across as an arrogant, narcissistic prick. And no one really wants to hook-up or pursue a relationship with a jerk. Also, at this point, it’s been done. The workout selfie is old hat. Try a new hat…and a shirt.
Also, try not to look like you’re holding your junk. What, do you have to pee? And are you five?
The best Tinder profile pics show you, your interests or some facet your personality. Have you traveled somewhere cool? Use that pic of you in front of Stone Henge. Like to rock climb? Let them see those muscles at work scaling a freakin’ mountain. These kinds of pics are kindling for conversations. You won’t have to wonder what pick up line should I use? — they’ll probably ask you about where you were or what you were doing in your pic and where else you may have been or what other cool thing do you enjoy.
Other pics that are great to have in your arsenal:
- Group pics. But use sparingly, your potential match needs to be able to find you. Group pics show that you have a life outside of work and erm, the gym.
- Pics of you playing a sport, or an instrument. You play the marimba? Rock on!
- Pics with kids or adorable animals. And you’re hot? They won’t even think about which way to swipe.
- You being you. You can’t go wrong with a genuine photo, with a nice smile and eyes that intrigue.
Finally, remember, Tinder is meant to be simple and fairly straight-forward, which is why you use few characters and you don’t have the ornate profile of other social media / dating apps. BUT!, you can always link your Tinder to your Instagram if you want to give people a better look-see. Just make sure your Instagram game is as en pointe as your Tinder profile.
Best Tinder Bios of All Time
Still looking for ideas? Let these gems be your guiding light. We’ve collected over a dozen of our favorite ones (or, at least ones that really made us take notice, which is half the battle.) This is, admittedly, a small sampling of what’s out there, but if you really start looking at all the Tinder bios that are out there, you are going to see a lot of the same ideas recurring over and over again.
I like how Janey is up front about her love for Pokemon. Of course, she also refers to herself as Asian, and then abbreviates “message” to “MSG.” Is that a joke about take out food?
Honestly, James, who hasn’t been there? Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find someone that you don’t first have to shoplift out of the display window of your local JCPenney and then run like the dickens while being chased by a security guard who tazes me when I stop to catch my breath even though I’m clearly no longer a flight risk… wait. I suddenly went to a personal place.
You see the blurb quote every once in a while in the Tinder bio, but I love how much Faraz commits to the gag. This is a guy who’s getting his 500 character’s worth. Also, great job on the spacing!
PHOTOSHOP PHOTOSHOP PHOTOSHOP! Everybody knows Nyan Cat wouldn’t be caught dead in the same picture as a unicorn. Other than that, this seems totally legit.
When after a longer, weary day at the office, you decide to descend into the temporary salvation of sleep, just as rest is about to finally seize you, you will remember this image.
Cheaper than coffee.
Maybe I’ve been writing about tech for too long, because here I’m looking at a picture of a young woman in a bikini and all I can think is, “Dang, someone needs to charge their phone!”
Okay, I think Nathan’s overreaching here, because he’s going for two separate gags, and I don’t know if they both play well together. I included this one because I love the Tamagotchi line. The 90s were real for some of us, folks.
Not sure what’s up with the “A$$ and kitties” bit, but man this Titanic gag made me smile. Really puts things into perspective with all the phone hacking of late.
Hey, respect this! She knows what her name is and she has heard every joke about it. Which is to say, the one joke about it. Cross this line at your own peril, friends.
There was an episode of Futurama in which a college professor obsessed with his cat turned out to be a giant puppet that was run by his cat. Apparently we’ve got a similar thing going on here for Taylor. Hey, ladies like to see your sensitive side, and if you don’t have one, get one at PetCo.
I love love love this one. And that’s not because I’m a Belieber, but because I love how this plays around with the entire Tinder system. It’s not just a picture, it has turned Tinder into a game.
I’m not sure if Steffi is being incredibly honest here, or if she’s just calling out the BS she’s tired of seeing in her own relationships and those of the people around her, but either way, way to go!
Of course, by leaving the “e” in place, Chloe is identifying herself as a piece of rudimentary farm equipment, best used for planting a small garden, digging up roots, or killing gophers. Man, she’s got a whole secret life I suddenly want to know about.
And in the end, isn’t that what we’re all looking for in a relationship?
Are you about to call BS on this because it’s a gym selfie? Well, yes, it’s a gym selfie, but it’s not the same sort of head-up-her-keister sort of selfie that I showed you above. Plus, she gets full marks for a solid reference to that classic earworm, “Escape.”
And finally, that old chestnut of “if you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best” may have been clever or insightful at some point, but now it’s become such a cliche. I’m glad to see Alexa really kick it in the butt in this one.
Also worth considering is this great Twitter feed, which is always looking for the funniest Tinder bios. But other than that, what do you think? Was there one that you particularly liked? Or is your favorite one that we left off of this list entirely? Either, way, let us know in the comments!