After creating your profile and accepting the rules of the game, your first experience in #open will be the Card View. This might look familiar to users of other apps and although #open may share some common features, there are plenty of differences.
The CardsLet’s walk through Card View’s interface:
The most prominent feature of the Card View are the profile cards themselves.
Each profile has at least one photo associated with it. If the profile has more than one photo, you can scroll through them by tapping on the right or left side of the screen. You can see how many photos are present in a profile by counting the gray bars near the top of the image. The bar representing the current image will be highlighted in white.
In the lower left of a card, you’ll see the profile’s display name, age, orientation, gender, username, and distance from your device. (A player may choose to hide any or all of these details on their profiles, except for their display name and distance. To learn more, see: Editing Profiles). Below these details, you’ll see a triangular arrow pointing down: tap the arrow to see more information, including a profile’s About Me, Preferences lists, and Boundaries list. Just press and drag to scroll.
Hashtags: Preferences and Boundaries
#open uses hashtags to allow players to communicate their preferences and desires as well as search for others that share their interests.
By default, the Preferences lists in player profiles are titled “I’m open to” (or “We’re open to” for a partnered profile), “Looking for”, and “Interests”, but players can rename them to anything they want. Players can add up to 30 hashtags to each list to describe what they’re into, what they’re looking for, or what they might be curious about. (In fact, players can use these lists to communicate just about anything they want. We look forward to discovering the many creative ways the community will communicate with hashtags!)
If you see a hashtag on a player’s profile that you wish you had in one of your Preferences lists, you can simply press and hold on that hashtag. You will be prompted to choose a list from your profile to add it to. Just tap on the list of your choice and the tag will be added!
If one of the player’s Preferences lists shares one or more hashtags from your Preferences lists, a small purple dot will be displayed in the lower right corner of their profile card and the hashtag will be highlighted purple on the list when viewing their profile details. You can also find players with particular hashtags using Search.
The Boundaries hashtag list works in the same way as the Preferences lists, but by default it is titled “Hard Limits.”. Hashtags on this list will be highlighted differently than those on the Preferences list. If a player has a tag in one of their Preferences lists that matches a hashtag on your Boundaries list, their profile card will display a dot outlined in red and the tag will be highlighted red on that list when viewing their profile.
To learn more about hashtags and Preferences in #open, see: How Do Preferences Lists Work?
If you scroll to the very bottom of a player’s card, you’ll find two buttons: Block <username> and Report <username>.
If you tap Block <username>, the profile will no longer be visible to you, nor will that player be able to see, find, or chat with your profile. If you block a profile that you are matched with, you will be unmatched. Any chat history you might have with the blocked profile will be deleted. (Even if you unblock the profile later, the previous chat history will be lost.)You can unblock a previously blocked profile by navigating to the Privacy & Safety page in Settings.
If you tap Report <username>, you will be prompted to enter a brief explanation describing why you are reporting the user. Tap Send Report and the text you entered will be delivered to the #open support team. Any reports you send to the support team will be kept strictly confidential.
Tap or Swipe to Choose
Like other apps you may be familiar with, you can swipe right to “like” or swipe left to “pass” on the profiles you are evaluating. You can also tap on the Like () or Pass () buttons at the bottom of a card.
Don’t worry! You can always switch to Grid View and find all the players you’ve liked, passed on, or matched with! See below.
Switching to Grid View
In the lower right corner you’ll see the Grid () icon, tap it to change to Grid View.
Grid View shows you thumbnails of all the profiles that meet your Boundaries criteria. You can scroll through Grid View, use the filter switches to show or hide profiles that you have already “matched”, “liked,” or “passed” on, and tap on a thumbnail to bring that profile up in Card View.
To learn more about the #open Grid View see: Grid View
To learn more about the other navigation elements in #open, see: The Four Corners