What Is Bumble? 5 Things to Know About the Dating App

Two women who learned what is Bumble, holding hands in front of a house the distinctive yellow color of the app.

Often known as the feminist dating app, Bumble is one of today’s most popular online dating platforms. Created by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is worth over $1 billion and constantly rolling out new updates to keep up with their customer’s needs.

Like Tinder, the app is based on users swiping right (for yes) or left (for no) as they see profiles and potential matches in their area, but with one key difference: After two heterosexual people match on Bumble, the woman has to message the man first.

If you’ve found yourself wondering what all the buzz about Bumble is, here are some other things it helps to know:

Women control the conversation.
Once a match is made it’s up to the female to take the lead and make the first move by sending a message—so why the extra rule? Bumble created this feature hoping to inspired women to make the first move, to give them more power on the app, and to solve the problem many dating apps have where women on the app just get bombarded with messages from men. Matches only last 24 hours, which means that if no move is made within that window, the match expires. However, guys can choose to extend a match for an additional 24 hours if they pay more. This was added as a way to result in less ghosting once a conversation has begun.

It’s free but has paid features that are extra.
No need to worry, you can look for your future partner free of charge. There is no sign up fee and you only have to worry about paying for features if you want to. If you do decide that paying for extras is the route for you, the app offers things like Bumble Boost,  which unlocks the ability to swipe through profiles that have already liked you.

It’s not just for heterosexual couples.
Though the app was originally created to break through the traditional heteronormative dating rules, the app no longer requires you to define your sexuality—you simply click that you’re interested in men, women, or both and the app will provide you with profiles accordingly. In the case that you’re not looking for a male/female match, it redefines the rule that women must message first and allows either match to start up the conversation.

They have extra verification features.
This feature is a great way to weed out internet bots, by verifying yourself. You take a picture of yourself doing a certain motion, and Bumble adds a check mark to your profile which shows others that you’re the real deal.

They also have Bumble BFF/Bumble Bizz.
As a company, Bumble doesn’t want to just focus on dating, so if you aren’t looking to date, but still want to put yourself out there, you can switch into BFF mode. Switching to BFF mode provides you with people of the same sex that Bumble thinks you may want to be friends with. Either party can message first, however the time limit still remains. Bumble Bizz is much like the BFF feature, but instead allows you to network and career build. You can access a mode switching menu which allows you to toggle between each section Bumble offers, this helps cater to the needs of each specific user.

This growing app is the proof you need that not all dating apps are the same, while they are often compared to Tinder, Bumble has broken off on its own and now the app focuses on a lot more than just dating.

Shayla Ahrns

Freelance Writer

Shayla Ahrns discovered her love of words at a young age and hasn’t stopped writing since. An avid dater with a great sense of humor, Shayla considers herself a bit of a dating app expert and loves to share the woes of her love life. She has written her own blog over the years and self published a book of poetry in 2017.

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