“I paid for Tinder Plus so I could slip into the Olympic Village and hang out with an Olympian,” Kavner wrote in his TikTok video which explained how he used the app to connect with athletes.
By purchasing a subscription for Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, users can access Tinder Passport, a feature of the app that would allow them to browse profiles of users located in other parts of the world. This can be done by typing in the name of a city or by dropping a pin in a specific location.
In Kavner’s case, he dropped a pin in the middle of the Olympic Village, located in the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo.
“I’ve always really enjoyed finding unusual and unexpected ways to use technology,” Kavner said. “It was just one of those things where I thought, ‘Oh, that’s probably not how this feature of Tinder was meant to be used, but we know we have this concentration of people in it. single area. Let’s see what happens if we drop the pin over there. ‘”
Kavner’s TikTok quickly went viral, receiving millions of views and nearly a million likes. And as TikTok users watched him scroll through profiles allegedly belonging to various Olympic athletes, including Estonian biathlete Grete Gaim and Canadian swimmer Katerine Savard, who commented with five emojis of a woman raising her hand in the air on the viral video.
Thousands of other TikTok users have applauded Kavner’s ingenuity in the comments section, where people have described him as a “genius” and even shared their own successes in getting matches.
Tinder’s official TikTok page also commented on Kavner’s post, telling him “you are not in the [O]Olympic Games, but you win the game. The comment received nearly 60,000 likes.
While Kavner’s plan initially worked in his favor, it quickly backfired after several TikTok users watched Kavner’s video and followed suit.
“What really surprised me was that so many people went to try it themselves, and I immediately saw the effects of it as I swiped the app. And, I saw more and more. more people who weren’t Olympians or Tokyo residents, “Kavner told CNN.
“I’ve seen a lot of people in their bio who have ‘I’m here because of TikTok’ or ‘I’m here because TikTok sent me,’ he explained.
Kavner’s earliest memory of using Tinder Passport to slide through an Olympic Village dates back to 2018 during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. However, it wasn’t until 2021 that he decided to officially document his hack.