Bumble was made as a woman’s response to Tinder, quite literally – the founder was a co-founder for Tinder too. The big selling point for Bumble is that women make the first move, so if a woman matches with a man, she has to send the first message. While this cuts down on unsolicited messages, it also means you have to be ready to take the initiative.
It’s pretty quick to set up a profile, you add photos, interests and choose three prompts. Then you have the ability for swiping. However, if a match doesn’t respond to your message or you don’t even send one within 24 hours, it disappears. The free version offers a lot for users, but the paid version allows for backtracking and more SuperSwipes.
I appreciate the women-first messaging approach with Bumble. In fact, the app is where I met my last partner. The 24-hour expiration time also encouraged me to message sooner rather than later. If you’re really serious about dating, the Premium version gives your profile an extra boost and you have unlimited swipes.
Cost: Bumble Boost costs $9/week, $17/month, $34/three months, $55/six months; Bumble Premium costs $20/week, $40/month, $77/three months, $230 for lifetime subscription