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:
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.
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.