Online dating is getting more mainstream with the help of apps and websites. Thanks to advanced tech, it's now easier to find a date, hookup, friendship, or just someone to hang out with. The most popular of such is undoubtedly Tinder, which is so huge that it may have just inspired an episode of Black Mirror. But even Tinder isn't perfect, and there are others that attempt to further improve the online dating experience. Thus, we are introduced to the new, fresh app on the block: Bumble.
Before the three-and-a-half-year-old service even picked up, co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd sued Tinder, her former company, for sexual discrimination and harassment. She would eventually get back on the dating scene, teaming up with Badoo CEO Andrey Andreev to create the social platform that is meant to be safer, more secure, and more user-friendly than its rival.
So, how does Bumble work?
Download the app
The app is available in both the App Store and Google Play. Bumble makes sure that its users are real, so you'll be required to log in to your Facebook account. Best part? It's free.
Choose your Bumble mode
Bumble has various modes, depending on what you're looking for. The BumbleBFF option is aptly made for those seeking friendship. This allows you to find people whom you just want to have a friendly chat or go on a platonic date with.
The dating and BFF modes can also be used simultaneously by switching multiple profiles in a single account, to make the most of your Bumble experience. Recently, a new mode was released: Bumble Bizz, which focuses on career opportunities (not yet available in the Philippines).
Pick your best photos
AKA the first step to setting up your profile. Bumble, which lets you display up to six photos, has facial recognition to ensure that you're recognizable. Your first photo must stand out and be your best one (less filters), since it's the first thing that your potential match is going to see.
You can show a lot more than tell through photos. People are curious about your identity, personality, and interests: a dog lover should feature his or her pet(s). Advertise moments in your life that make you seem more real and easier to connect with.
Write your introduction
Don't leave the profile blurb—the best place to introduce yourself—blank. Share extra information with your potential match, besides the usual ASL. You're going to (hopefully) strike up a conversation with these people, whose interests may be piqued by your intro. If you like movies, be particular with the genre. Your profile is a good source of conversation starters, or as simple as where to write down what you're looking for in a match.
Connect your Instagram and Spotify
These are optional, but incorporating the following helps build your online identity, via photos and taste in music. Instagram is like a window to your digital soul, defined by its general aesthetic, check-in spots, and accounts that you follow. Spotify is pretty much the same, only with playlists, library, and recent searches.
It's easy as swipe right if you like what you're seeing, and left if not. And because Bumble promotes a safer space, a man matching with the opposite sex doesn't automatically open lines of communication between the two. The woman has to message him first, perhaps to avoid unwanted dick pics, and for dudes, cheesy one-liners. Bumble users are said to be on the lookout for more serious relationship than the casual hookups associated with Tinder. Pro tip: matches only last 24 hours.