Who Uses Bumble?
Bumble was created as a feminine lead app. The idea here is that woman make the first move. Once a match is made based on mutual likes, the female side of the match has 24 hours to write the first message. If they do not write, the match is deleted.
Unfortunately, many of the female users fail to understand this and matches just disappear. There are thousands of female profiles complaining that the men match and never write or demanding that the male writes first. But this is impossible. Perhaps Bumble needs to refresh this concept into the users’ minds.
The majority of Bumble users in Europe (it is slowly growing here) are people in professional jobs/industries and with an expat background of at least a strong command of English. They are a particular community, in a sense, often not very traditional in the sense of Swiss or German lifestyles. City, professional folk… business-like… successful to an extent.
These users seem to be moving to Hinge since 2022… where Hinge is being pushed as the new app for this segment of the market.
A weakness of the Bumble App is that if you live close to a border you are still limited to people living within your country. This is a completely inappropriate matching system when you are using the app in Europe with borders sometimes within a few kilometers. To overcome the limitation, you have to be a premium member and change your location using travel mode. This in turn becomes problematic because you are not shown to users in your country during this time.
C’mon Bumble, sort this out. You have the distance filter, get rid of borders.
Something we find quite unique, on Bumble you can buy a lifetime of premium for about 214 EUR
Don’t Pay Premium to See Likes
We don’t think you need to buy premium to see likes. Bumble shows the profiles that like you in a screen with blurred out images. If you go to the Web App version of Bumble (also mobile app but easier to see on big screen) you can continue swiping and within about 10 or so profiles, a liking profile will be shows. You can normally fairly easily recognise the colors, shapes and shading of the blurred photo.
As soon as you swipe right or left, the like disappears.
Free Version Limitations
The free version only allows you to view and swipe for a limited number of profiles every day.
Profiles at Bumble (March 2023) include tags and prompts. Tags give you the chance to show a few of your interests or a little about your lifestyle - or learn those of other daters. Prompts can be a helpful starter to get you writing a little about yourself... and of course to find out more about your potential matches.
Searching / Filtering
Once you have found the profiles you are interested in, you are able to view the photos of those members as a free user.
Sending / Receiving Likes
To stand out from the crowd, as a premium member, you can send a super-like.
You can pay to buy packs of super-likes and use them to stand out from the crowd. Boosts bring your profile to the front of the pack for a short time. These are available with a premium subscription or can be paid for separately. Premium members can undo/rewind their like if they accidentally like someone unintentionally or change their mind.
You can send Video files. Bumble (March 2023) includes a video chat feature. This is a great way to get to know your matches a little better. We always recommend having a video chat before you meet - it really helps filter out scammers.
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Review Bumble (March 2023).