I was completely surprised by the app I liked the most.
I was expecting to hate it (I am lazy, so the idea of an app with the premise of me having to send a ton of messages was unappealing), so I put it off and reviewed it last intentionally.Before deciding to launch a dating app, Wolfe wanted to launch an Instagram competitor.Andrey Andreev, the cofounder of Badoo who would later help Wofe found Bumble, convinced her to think about the dating space again."I wanted to do something that would promote a responsible user online.The most annoying part about dating apps is breaking the ice.I have a hundred matches sitting in my Tinder app who I haven't talked to for this reason alone — nobody wants to make the first move, or have their opening line derided for being lame, or be ignored for being unimaginative.
Dating apps, for their part, have tried combating this in a number of ways.
JSwipe puts a timer on how long you have to start talking to a match. Coffee Meets Bagel gives you and your match an opening question to break the ice. Bumble was co-founded by Whitney Wolfe, the ousted Tinder cofounder.
Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Match, How About We, and Ok Cupid, filed to go public recently.
According to its IPO prospectus, it generated revenues of $888.3 million last year, In light of all this news, I spent a week trying out a bunch of different dating apps to compare notes.
In case you haven't read it in full, here's the abbreviated version of my findings: Tinder is mindless, but fun.
Hinge feels less sketchy because you get matched up with your Facebook friends' friends. Ok Cupid proved itself to be nothing but a barrage of unwanted and often gross messages.