People are setting their Tinder locations to the Olympic Village after a man went viral for attempting to match with athletes in Tokyo
- Tinder Passport allows users to set their location to anywhere in the world.
- Comedian Reed Kavner set his Tinder location to the
Olympic Villageto meet athletes.
- He made a
TikTokabout his idea that has over 6.5 million views.
A TikTok user went
Tinder's Passport feature, which is available to paying Tinder Plus and Gold members, allows users to search for cities and drop a pin in an exact location.
The feature is typically used by people who are about to move to or vacation in a new place, but Reed Kavner, a Brooklyn-based comedian, thought he might be able to use it to meet some of the world's best athletes.
"I'm always looking for fun and weird and unexpected ways to use technology. That's what's behind a lot of the comedy work I do," Kavner told Insider. "I've used Tinder's Passport feature for its intended use, and I thought it was interesting that they let you set your location to not just a city or a neighborhood, but you can drop a pin on a precise spot on the map."
Kavner said he thought it would be fun to see what would happen if he dropped a pin on "a super-specific location like the Olympic Village," where athletes are currently staying in Tokyo for the duration of the Summer Games.
I was on swim team until I was 12 so we'll have that in common♬ Into The Thick Of It! - The Backyardigans
The video, which he shared on Wednesday, had over 6.5 million views at the time of writing.
"I always hope that people enjoy the things I make and that it finds an audience, but I never expect something to go viral," Kavner Told Insider of the attention his video got. "I don't really think you can predict that."
"I was pretty surprised to wake up the morning after I posted it to find that it had been viewed 2 million times. And I definitely didn't expect that it would be on its way to 7 million views less than a week later," he said.
Since Kavner posted his video, other TikTok users have shared similar videos setting their locations to the Olympic Village - which is making it harder to meet real Olympians using the Tinder Passport trick.
"I'm delighted to see other people trying it out, even if that means it's now nearly impossible to find any Olympians on the app," he said. "I was on Tinder this weekend and saw a handful of people whose profiles say, 'I'm here because of a TikTok video,' which makes me feel like an influencer."
Although the village is now full of Tinder profiles of people who aren't actually competing in the games, Kavner did connect with one Olympian thanks to his TikTok video.
Katerine Savard, a swimmer representing Canada at the
He replied with a video on Wednesday in which he attempts to speak French, as Savard is from Quebec City and said she likes men who speak French in her Tinder bio, according to Kavner.
Reply to @katerine.savard vous es impressionné?♬ original sound - Reed Kavner
"Getting a comment from one of the Olympians in the video was something I didn't expect at all," he said. "Now there are people on TikTok 'shipping' me and Katerine."
"She's been a good sport about it, and it's been fun for me to have a specific athlete to root for," he said.
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