Launched in 2016, Hater made buzz around the internet stratosphere by taking the swiping feature that made Tinder into the success that it is today and turning it completely around. Promising to match people based on what they hate instead of the usual "mutual interests" the general public's curiosity was piqued. Founder Brendan Alper reportedly based this idea on a previous comedy skit and studies showing that people who bond over mutual hates tend to develop deeper connections. Hater's popularity peaked once more when it appeared on Shark Tank and was offered $200,000 by Mark Cuban. Since then, the app has amassed a community of 750,000 worldwide users.
Quick and easy registration
Mobile app only; available on the Apple app store and Google Play
Sign up only through Facebook or your phone number
You can opt to receive a one-time SMS from the desktop website
5 photo uploads maximum
You can register by connecting your Facebook account or getting the app to send you a verification code. As expected, the Facebook method was faster. If you log in through Facebook, your name, gender, and birthday are automatically imported to Hater but these can be modified right away. You can upload up to 5 photos, and state whether you're interested in men, women, or both.
Profiles are only presented based on matching percentage
Free searching is not available
Includes photos, name, age, location, and match percentage
A person's hates and loves are also shown
Users are only in their first names
On the user tab at the bottom of the phone screen, you'll see your potential matches. These are curated based on your mutual hates and loves. Your compatibility is shown as a percentage. When you click this percentage, you'll see the user's list of top hated and loved topics. To see someone's other photos, you can tap on the middle of the screen. You can see users based on a local or global preference.
Can be matched with local and international members
Age and location range can be changed
Once you and a user swipe right on each other, a match is formed and you can start messaging. You can still send direct messages to your non-matches, but only once every 12 hours. When a conversation with someone has started, there are options that will help you break out of that dry "hey" or any corny opening lines. "Send a card" lets you send a topic to a user and you can both swipe on the card in the chat box to see if you mutually hate or love that topic. "Fill the blank" is similar to Cards Against Humanity in that you choose a question, provide your answer, then send it to the other person. A lively conversation can start from there.
In addition to the 4,000 topics already going around, you can also submit your own which users can swipe on. Anyone can submit a topic, but it still has to undergo moderation before it is approved. However, there are some obvious no-no's, especially in an app that centers on negativity. Topics that discuss "racial segregation or ethnicity and showing contempt for individuals based on their socioeconomic background" are expressly forbidden.
The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play and is free to download and use. Before, it was only available in the USA and Canada, but recently it has expanded to the rest of the world. The founders are reportedly planning to roll out ads and premium subscriptions later in 2018.
"I loved the idea and had fun on the app as soon as I downloaded it. But I agree with the others, it could be better if the functionality was improved. There aren't many users yet so your interactions might be limited. But in my experience, whenever I matched with someone, it's always a good match. I don't know, maybe it's just my luck. That's why I keep persevering even though the app freezes a lot. The developers need to find ways so that users can interact in a common space, like a forum or something. I just hope the glitches and bugs get fixed before the world grows bored from it." - Male Vet (24)
Hater truly is a unique and interesting app. Instead of going on rants on your social media accounts about things you truly despise, you can just use this app to share mutual hatred and feel comfort in knowing that a lot of people hate the same things that you do. However, that's where the fun ends. At some point, you're going to get tired of deciding whether you really hate reality TV or if Tina Fey really is annoying. Once you get bored of swiping, you can head on to your matches and do more swiping. Another problem is that profile details are too limited. We doubt that you would be able to calculate someone's personality based on measly particulars. If you want dating apps with more features to keep your attention, head on over to our Dating Apps category.
Who is the founder of Hater?
Hater was founded by Brendan Alper, an alumnus of Goldman Sachs.
When was Hater created?
Hater was launched in January 2016.
How does the Hater app work?
It presents you with various topics (from loud chewing to cargo shorts to Kim Jongun) that you must swipe left to hate or right to love. Your answers are collated and you are then shown matches who more or less hated and loved the same things that you did.
Is Hater real?
Yes! It is very much real and available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
What happened to that Hater app in Shark Tank?
Even though the deal with Mark Cuban apparently didn't pan out, Hater is still thriving, having recently expanded to include Android downloads.
Where can I watch the Shark Tank episode?
You can watch it on Youtube or the ABC news website.
Is the Hater app available for Android?
Yes, it recently just became available on Google Play.
What are the terms and conditions?
The terms and conditions page can be found on the bottom bar of their website.
Is Hater available for PC?
As of the time of writing, it can't be used on a desktop site yet.
How to delete my account?
Go to your profile and click the gear-like icon on the top right of your screen. Scroll down and hit "Delete Account" and hit "OK".
How many photos can I upload?
You can only upload five photos. You can directly import photos from your Facebook, from your mobile's gallery, or take a new photo.
Can I change the gender of my potential matches?
You can select either men or women. Selecting both is also possible.
How to report a certain user?
If you wish to report a user, just click the no sign icon on his or her profile.
Are there any features that I can purchase to boost my account?
Hater has no additional paid features.
How do I contact Hater?
You can email them at email@example.com or hit them up at their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.
How much does Hater cost?
The app is completely free for download and use.
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