A co-founder of Tinder has come back with an alternative-dating app
Swipe based dating app Tinder has had some ups and downs via 2014/15. One less than savoury situation was when co-founder Whitney Wolfe was alleged coerced out of the company. Wolfe and the other founders of Tinder are presently caught up in a complicated lawsuit over the controversy, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped her from getting back in the app game.
Wolfe confirmed a fresh dating venue last year called Bumble. The dating app, which works just like Tinder, is designed to put women very first because we all know how many creepy dudes there are on almost every major dating website. How it works is, again, very elementary: you swipe left or right depending on whether you like somebody. But –– and here’s where it gets interesting –– only women can instigate a conversation, and they have to do it within 24 hours or else the connection is lost forever.
“Since the app was designed to counter problematic and antiquated hetero dating norms, the above rules do not apply to same lovemaking or friend connections. In these cases, either person has to make a budge within 24 hours before that connection vanishes,” notes Bumble’s press kit. ” Bumble is updated bi-weekly with interface improvements and ever-evolving features. The app offers the most diverse, ordinary and in-depth contraptions of any dating app including editable one-to-one Photosharing, Backtrack which permits the user to undo any accidental swipes on the main screen, and the capability to swipe through all of a user’s photos directly from the main screen.”
The application is free and emerges to be pretty popular. I just road-tested it in London and there appeared to a lot of people on there. There has been a mass exodus away from Tinder once the hard began charging £15 a month for unlimited swiping, and applications like Bumble are hoping to clean up in the process.
The UX is well implemented and the look and feel of the application is very well executed. I’m not sure about the name, if I’m fair, but who’s going to care about that? This thing is for dating, it doesn’t cost anything (yet) and as far as I can see it seems to be populated with fairly normal human beings which is always a bonus, as any Tinder veteran will joyfully tell you.
The talk functionality is sound also. Albeit the entire waiting thing is a little annoying at times. I get why it’s done this way, it’s bumble’s USP. But at times it can be rather annoying, as you leave behind about matches and stir along with others which has a habit of complicating things further down the line.
The dating application is now available in the UK.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bumble compares to the dating behemoth that is Tinder. The branding is a little confusing. On very first look it makes you sound like you’ve just bumbled into each other carelessly, plus it reminds me of the film Bee Movie where a fully-grown adult woman had a relationship with a bee and didn’t face any bestiality charges.
It has also inspired us to suggest a spin-off hook-up only app called Fumble. You get it? If you’d like to invest or contribute some feedback please throw down some words in the comments below.
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