Like a lot of people out there who are yet to meet “their person”, I usually have a few of the big dating apps on the go on my phone. However, the problem with this combined with the demands of full-time work is that I’d struggle to keep up with the conversations I had going on each app and end up letting (potentially good) matches slip away.
So last month, I deleted all dating apps from my phone, and had a welcome break for a few days. But of course, I have to actually, you know, date, so I thought I’d download one, and make it my focus. I’d saw an ad for the Badoo app floating around somewhere. I’d never tried it before but vaguely remember meeting a married couple who met on it when I went to Thailand so I thought, why not?
- Badoo was created by Russian businessman Andrey Andreev
- It first became popular via Facebook quizzes and games, before becoming a standalone service in 2012
- There is also a Badoo website, but the company is currently focusing more on the app
- On your profile you can include photos, a bio, and details such as height, weight, children, living situation, drinking and smoking. Only thing missing which would have been nice is what you are looking for. You can also list your interests and connect your Instagram account
- There’s one section that works like Tinder, where you can swipe left or right on people’s profiles, filter by gender and age, and get a notification if you match
- There’s also another section where you can scroll through the profiles of people you’ve “bumped into” i.e. app users you’ve been in the vicinity of. you can “like” them or send a “wink”
- There’s also a section where you can broadcast livestreams and view other people’s
- You can verify your profile by taking a selfie, and adjust your settings so only verified users can contact you
- An interesting feature is the “view lookalikes” button on each person’s profile. You can view profiles who supposedly look like them. Having a look at your own lookalikes is good for a laugh
- You can pay to upgrade for extra features, including viewing who liked you and increasing your popularity
The good thing about the app is that as it’s been around for a while, it’s already got a strong user base. You can rack up matches and messages fairly easily, unlike some of the newer, more niche apps where it’s harder to gain traction.
I also like how there is more than one way of contacting people. So many dating apps these days are just a knock-off of Tinder, so it’s good to see something that works a little more like a dating site.
Unfortunately however, quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Most of the chats that got going were a bit dry, quite a few weirdos, and (at risk of this coming across a bit snobby), a lot of the guys on there were quite chavvy. I had a few decent conversations spark up, but they ended up fizzling out. I matched with one guy who wasn’t particularly talkative- but he was FIT- and ticked some personal preferences for me (6’5″, blonde hair, blue eyes). At 24 and with a topless selfie as his profile picture he probably wasn’t going to be my future husband, but like I said he was fit, so it was like a battle between my brain and my hormones. He suggested meeting and I thought I could perhaps get with him once and get some flirting practice, but he ended up fizzling off.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of the user interface. On the message screen, profile visits, likes, and matches show up in the same list as your actual messages, so it can be hard to keep track of conversations if you have limited time to use the app.
Although some people may appreciate the profile verification feature, I found it a bit annoying when I tried to message people and it told me I needed to verify with a selfie to do so. Slightly tricky when on the commute to work with no makeup on and third-day hair.
So is Badoo Better Than Tinder?
Overall, the app wasn’t one of my favourites. In my experience, I found that (as a generalisation), I could have more interesting conversations and therefore more actual dates from an app like Tinder or Bumble. However, of course this is just my opinion, and perhaps for a certain type of person, the app could work.
I also read on review sites (and heard from other Twitter users) that the app was geared more towards hook-ups than serious relationships (although a couple of people I asked were looking for a relationship). I also read that it’s also aimed at younger users. However one male review I read said he had success getting casual encounters (and has now met someone hes dating more seriously), so as I said, perhaps for a certain type of person it could work.
Have you ever used Badoo? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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