For an app that supposedly empowers women, the execution feels a tad underwhelming. The logic behind it is great - allowing women to make the first move protects them from receiving unwanted attention. However, although control is given to women, they are not given enough information to make an educated decision. With the app's limited profile information, it's almost impossible to tell the good members from the bad ones based on what's written on their profile. The app feels appearance-driven, so it's a good option for people looking for hookups and casual dates. For people looking for long-term relationships, the app may not be as efficient.If you prefer an online dating platform where both men and women can converse freely without deadlines or limiting conditions, check out our Dating Apps category for more choices.
Every now and then, Bumble sponsors real life events in the form of Bumble hive. The event is open to all Bumble dating, BFF and Bizz members and you can use your Bumble profile as an entrance ticket into these events. Bumble Hive is an opportunity for members to not only meet up with other users for fun, friendship, flirts or dating, but business-minded members can also use the event to gain potential business partners, investors and other connections. The event also have symposiums and conferences headed by expert speakers on various topics such as building your career or how to pitch your ideas successfully.
The signup process is very easy, especially if you already have a Facebook account. You don't even need to provide any information, because Bumble takes all of your Facebook info and imports it into the app. Before you can't sign up if you don't have a Facebook account and predictably, a lot of potential users complained about this. Bumble has since then changed their rules and now you can sign up using your phone number.
"With other dating sites, I got a lot of unwanted attention in the form of indecent proposals and sometimes, even nude pictures! I joined Bumble because I didn't want to deal with any of that. The app allows me to message only the guys I'm interested in. The only downside though, is that the profiles on this app are completely lacking in information, so it's hard to tell which ones are creeps and which ones are decent guys based on their looks alone. If they just added more information on a user's profile page, I would totally love this app." - Allie, Librarian's Assistant, 22
With Bumble, women initiate the conversation. Similar to Tinder's interface, you will be shown match suggestions, and you swipe left if you're not interested and swipe right if you are. If they also swiped right, women will see that a match has been made. Now she has 24 hours to message the man if she's interested. If she messages him, he now has another 24 hours to message her back. If he replies to her message, then they can continue with their conversation freely without any restrictions.