Bumble is the latest buzz around the online dating sphere. This is my guide, as a heterosexual female undergraduate student, to understanding this new app.

Bumble was first introduced to the mass through the help of Snapchat this past September. Users who were in the proximity of colleges, were allowed to have access to Bumble-promo filters.

Snapchat continues to team up with Bumble and this newest filter was released this past week.

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What exactly is Bumble? Bumble is an app that you connect you with other users using your Facebook and location. It allows you to browse through profiles that meet your settings preferences.

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From there you can swipe right if you are interested or swipe left if you are not. If both users have swiped right you will match. Then the girl has to take the initiative to message her match. You have 24 hours before the match disappears. This strategy keeps user on the app. You are constantly checking to make sure that you don’t miss a potential chance of talking to a match before they expire. Males on this app are allowed to “extend” their match once a day for an additional 24 hours.

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Now you might wonder what happens if you are not heterosexual. In that case, either of the matches are allowed to message first.

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This platform is rather exclusive. The app is only available to iPhone users. The targeted users are usually college students or young graduates. This raises the question, is Bumble the new Tinder? Bumble’s success has influenced Tinder’s new updates.

From left to right: Bumble, updated Tinder, previous Tinder.

You can see that Tinder’s new layout has the matches on the top bar like Bumble does. They also go rid of their picture sharing option called “moments.”

Three reasons why Bumble is better than Tinder:

  1. There is no clunk. Connections expire leaving room for new ones. If you are initiating too many conversations at once, the older ones disappear. You can favorite your matches to prevent this from happening to the ones you are interested in.
  2. If you accidentally swipe left, you can shake your phone and it brings back their profile. You are allowed to bring back that profile for free. You are given only a few per day. Tinder charges for every back swipe. Bumble charges after you’ve used up your quota.
  3. Bumble has a younger demographic. Some may even claims that Bumble has more attractive people. It is rather new and has only been widely exposed to college students. Users have more of a connection with one another due to Bumble’s approach of displaying each user’s colleges and jobs.

Bumble’s marketing team has been making the app known and appealing. You can follow their Twitter to keep up with their latest features and affairs.

 

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