Minutes into my Bumble experience, I quickly realized I'd have to start talking to the guys I matched with, otherwise things wouldn't go anywhere. Of course, the more messages you send, the more you'll receive, but nearly everyone I've sent a message to has responded quickly. But two of my friends and I have gone on a collective 13 dates in the past month courtesy of Bumble, so something about the app seems to be working.
So despite being intimidated, I sent a few messages, and based on my experiences on Tinder — where I'd get messages from guys and rarely respond — I assumed the same thing would happen to me. Turns out guys like Bumble because they like not having the pressure of initiating a conversation.
Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Match, How About We, and Ok Cupid, filed to go public recently.
According to its IPO prospectus, it generated revenues of 8.3 million last year, In light of all this news, I spent a week trying out a bunch of different dating apps to compare notes.
Both men and women swipe, but only women can start the conversation, and they only have 24 hours from the time they match to start chatting before the connection disappears forever.
For people seeking same-sex relationships, the app doesn't exactly work the way it's intended to; either party can send the first message.
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The app lets you know when a match is about to expire, presumably so you can rush in and send that person a message before they slip through your fingers and disappear forever.
You can turn off the notifications, though, as I discovered a couple days in.
I was completely surprised by the app I liked the most.
Bumble is often described in the press as a "feminist" dating app.
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