Bumble Online Dating App For Women by Women

Bumble : Tinder For Women by Women

Bumble Online Dating App For Women by Women

 

No fury like a woman scorned. Former Tinder co-founder, Whitney Wolfe, launched a competing app during her lawsuit against her former co-founders.  Having suffered abuse of her own, Whitney is leading former Tinder employees on a journey to make online dating safer for women with Bumble.

 

Bumble is already out on iTunes.  Here are some highlights:

 

Profile

At first glance, the first visible difference is your school and work are clearly visible on your profile.  If I had a nickel for every time a lady asked me what I do, before catching my name… Bumble gets straight to the point.  Moving on.

 

Women initiate the conversation

This is the highlighted feature of Bumble.  Only women can send the first message.  This is to reduce the “creepy” and “cheesy” messages.  Are there more women willing and able to initiate an interesting conversation, than creeps?  Bumble is betting the bank there are.

 

24 hours to reply

I don’t see the point, only the money.  With more rules, on top of less matches, more men are encouraged to just #swiperight.  Bumble might as well remove mutual consent altogether— allowing women to shop for men.

 

Zero tolerance

Finally a step in to the right direction.  The best ideas are usually the most simple ones.  If Bumble succeeds in maintaining a positive environment, they truly set themselves apart from the rest of the free online dating apps.  Perhaps then they will loosen up the above restrictions later.

 

Bumble puts a stamp on serious dating.   I personally can’t imagine what kind of women I expect to meet in a controlled environment such as Bumble.  However, Whitney, who cultivated Tinder in frats and sororities, has got a challenge ahead of herself to get men excited this time around.  People will be watching Bumble.  Because their lessons and growth will be a positive for the all around online dating industry.

How to Really Fix Online Dating

How to (Really) Fix Online Dating.

How to Really Fix Online Dating

 

We hear a lot about how “online dating is broken”.  But is it?  Or is it the way we communicate what online dating and membership quality really is?  Before the fixing begins, start ups need to understand what’s really broken, the culture.  Online dating is, in many ways, just as hopeful or sad (depending on how you look at it) as real life.  So in order to inspire change for the better, we need to cultivate it.

 

Here are 4 practical ways to encourage membership quality in Online Dating:

 

Create an Environment

Tinder broke the barriers to entry for casual daters’ with simplicity and ease.  There is still room to create an environment that is either more fun, or engaging.  Thumbs up to Loveflutter and Worthy are great examples.  These two created just enough effort to dissuade unwanted behavior, yet made the process fun enough to keep me engaged.  The day online dating becomes fun, like clubbing without the morning regrets, is the day online dating truly triumphs.

 

Provide Guidance

If offline dating events taught me anything, it’s that people need guidance.  If we left a bunch of singles in a room, and eventually they’ll tear each other apart.  Just look at the comments on YouTube or Twitter.  Errr… Maybe not so dramatic. That is why online daters experience poor behavior, excruciating profiles, and irrationally high expectations.   People’s first instinct is to seek familiarity and security in an insecure environment.  One way I was able to improve  participation and interaction at my events was providing a host.  If social start-ups, such as Dipify, succeed in becoming a host or a friend, users could be more responsive and positive towards each other.  Games anyone?

 

Work on Communication

Tinder, for example was made a media darling as a hook-up app.  It seems almost unfair to demonize somebody looking for a Tinder hook-up.  Most free dating apps are very vague in what they want to accomplish — neither encourages nor discouraged any sort of behavior.  To settle things, somebody should just come up with an online dating app (just like Tinder) for serious relationships, or the same app strictly for hook-ups— enforced by their own respective policies.  People will eventually gravitate towards what works for them.  I imagine many would utilize both apps.

 

Start with Marketing

Marketing is the blood of online dating— The trend being to stir up some controversy for the press.  But there is light in the end of the tunnel.  I found Tinder in Bangkok, of all places, boasts many reputable men and women seeking honest friendships. The way Thais adopt new technology is strongly based on referral.  Without the local press painting it as a hot new hookup app, Tinder has a lot less ick moments than local dating sites.  I wonder how long that lasts.

 

It essence, it doesn’t take fancy gimmicks for start-ups to inspire membership quality; it takes a stronger effort to communicate what membership quality is.  “Membership quality” is cultivated in Frat Houses, Sundays services and real life experiences, and works accordingly.  If start-ups want to build a better community of [blank], they should say so, and market to so.

 

Do you have ideas to improve online dating? I’d like to hear it @derekonomy.

Music should be discussed

Good Music Must Be Shared, Bad Music Must Be Discussed.

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The scary thing is in a few years, this fucked up generation we see, is going to look at the next and complain how fucked up they are.

 

Unlike parents of the 80’s, we should be perfectly capable of “parental guidance” on ourselves.  There is no point in blaming the artists and music labels.  After all, it’s our dollar vote (or lack of) that turns the music industry into wolves and starving artists.

 

There was once a time where music empowered peace rallies, saved lives, and spark social change, all without the help of internet.  Music was, and still is, a form of communication.  Nurtured, music has united mankind against crimes against humanity.  We depend on music to raise awareness, uplift our spirits, and unite us through the troubling times ahead.  In that regard, we need good music more than ever these days.

 

Music means more than all the money we refuse to pay for it.  We could at least take a moment to contemplate what they are trying to sell tell us; not jump on a catchy beat faster than a teenage girl goes boy crazy.  Music should be allowed time to percolate; not carelessly tossed in and played on repeat until its various ironies are lost on us— clueless stares when friends sarcastically recite cheesy lyrics, moments after someone screams, “omg I love this song.”

 

If we are to entrust music with our identities and our souls, we should nitpick it like Facebook’s Terms of Service.  Analyze what goes into our subconscious with the conscious effort.  See the similarities between “commercial free smash shit hits” and everything that freaks us out about free internet services (aka Big Data).

 

For the good of mankind, music must be discussed.  Fingers must be wagged at sellouts.  Amazing messages must be shared— with more than a thumbs up.  In order to set the bar, we need to connect with people more.   Else industries will do all the talking—- counting dollars as we are left only counting stars.

 

Connected by music

How Rampant Hate Consumes YouTube

How Racism Runs Recklessly on YouTube

Remember that when Vancouverites destroyed their own city (again) after a hockey game?  All It took was a few trouble makers and then “good kids” were smashing banks and looting.  Next day there was mass public outcries for jail time and sodomy of minors.   Innocent family members were being threatened.  And mob mentality once took over Vancouver.  Sh*t really escalates fast.

In the latest viral YouTube video, regarding the line-ups for iPhone 6+, that’s how uninhibited hate spreads through-out the comment section of the YouTube.  Nothing soils a well-intentioned video like a few ignorant remarks on a comment sections.  Soon the whole board flows with racism and counter racism.  It really kicks up a notch.

 

Racism on YouTube

You didn’t have to scroll far to find the ignorance.

 

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Soon other Asians join in on the senseless hate— trying to absolve themselves of shame.

 

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Some take it to new heights.

 

Can we judge people based on the things to do/say in the heat of the moment?  Would the same people be more open-minded if they took the moment to think?  Would people think before they speak if they were talking to a human being, rather than a board?  I’d like to believe, given a moment, people can be awesome.  (or at least retract their statements~)