More dating apps are modifying their approach to making matches. The consensus seems to be that giving women the ultimate power to decide who they are matched with is found with the most success.
Bumble, a dating app that was launched in 2014, endorses this strategy fully. The matching system of Bumble begins as many other apps do- two people liking one another. From this point, however, it deviates.
On Bumble, ladies always go first. The woman must start a chat within 24 hours of finding a connection. If she decides not to do this, the connection is gone forever.
Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐
👍🏻 The good
- Number of users
- Original concept
👎🏻 The bad
- Women have to initiate contact first
- Only basic search criteria
I find this a fair system and is beneficial for both men and women! The guys have already indicated interest, and unlike most other apps, the women are obligated to begin chatting first.
Will you really find the perfect match?
Overall, the concept behind Bumble is its biggest draw. I like the simplicity of the profiles but find that meaningful matches are easier to find when there is more available information about the other person.
Some pros of Bumble
- Women must engage men first, taking the first (and often hardest) step in a conversation
- Easy to use swipe system, profiles are simple and can be looked at rapidly
- Matches are always fresh and new each day
- Awesome ‘Backtrack’ feature that allows you to take another look at a user that you previously passed on, in case of accident or change of mind
However, like all apps, there are some flaws and drawbacks. Bumble seems to feel like a platform that, similar to Coffee Meets Bagel, prefers quantity over quality of matches. In my experience with dating apps, OkCupid is the only service that is interested foremostly in creating a quality (personality-wise) match.
Some cons of Bumble
- User Interface is can be difficult to navigate and not new-user friendly
- Very little information given about each user, matches are created based off photos and a small biography
- Seems disorganized- different settings and options located in different sections within the app
- Horrible optional filters for profile photos, tacky looking and all alcohol based
How it really works
The signup process on Bumble is exceedingly quick and simple- a result of which leads to a lack of information. Like some other current apps, it takes pictures directly from Facebook and uses them without permission as your profile photos.
There is no prompt or process of setting up an actual profile, it is completely optional. Other apps such as Coffee Meets Bagel set small reminders showing statistics which encourage users to fill more information within their profile, but Bumble does not do this.
There are little options for user filtering on Bumble. Other than the two most basic options- age and distance, you are shown all users within these two parameters.
A feature that stands out on Bumble is the messaging system.There are five types of ‘Connections’ on Bumble;
- Dating, which is the basic connection,
- BFF, a connection for those not looking for a romantic relationship,
- Extended (Men & Women), which is when the user wishes for another 24 hours before the match expires and
- Expiring, which are shown when a match is hours away from lapsing.
These are indicated by varying colored rings around the user’s profile photo. I really like this categorization system, and is described as ‘One of the core features of the service’, which is something I have not seen utilized by other apps.
Bumbles premium subscription service is called Bumble Boost, and gives two main features:
- The BeeLine, which allows you to see which users have liked your profile,
- Rematch, which, as the name suggests, enables you to reactivate any expired matches that you have had
Along with these two features, Bumble Boost gives unlimited extends on matches you already have, instead of the meager one each 24 hours. The pricing for Bumble Boost is quite reasonable for the benefits it gives. One month at 8.99$/month, Three at 6.99/month or Six at 4.99/month
Quick look on user interface
The user interface on Bumble is unpleasant and unfriendly at first- especially when lacking matches. It took me some time to figure out how to edit my profile properly, edit my photos and change search settings.
Aside this, the interface is quite boring and basic. Most other apps have small illustrations or eye catching animations. Bumble seems to have little thought or attention given to the attractiveness, as it is almost monochromatic. This is absolutely an area of the app that can be greatly improved upon.
Concluding, I enjoyed using Bumble, however hold that there are numerous aspects that can and should be improved upon for an overall better user experience. I think that the app is based off a fantastic idea- basing a dating service off the most critical point, the conversation.
The app boasts a simple matching system and allows for numerous users to be examined in a short amount of time, but it is debatable whether this is a positive aspect.
I guess at the end of the day it’s up to you. If you’re looking for a short conversation or an easy meetup I highly recommend Bumble. Otherwise, stick to a more formal dating site. In my opinion Match.com or OkCupid create more long term matches that also have a greater chance of forming a real connection.