Intimate relationships are important to us as humans. It could be sexual or a combination of both, whichever it is, we usually can’t go long periods without one. It used to be challenging to find one too. You’d have to go to events or public spaces to have the opportunity of meeting someone new; if you are an introvert, that would be a difficult thing for you to do.
Plenty of Fish vs. Bumble
Dating apps and websites are tools that can fill in the gap. Plenty of Fish vs. Bumble will enlighten you on two successful platforms that can change the way you make decisions about your dating life.
Comparison of History
POF (Plenty of Fish) is a popular Canadian dating service in several countries such as the United Kingdom, America, Spain, Brazil, and more. Plenty of Fish is one of those dating platforms with a storied history, at least by tech standards. Markus Frind launched it in 2003.
As early as 2014, Plenty of Fish was making as much as $100 million a year. In 2015, it was sold to Match Group, the owners of Match, Tinder, and other popular dating platforms. Bumble is one of those dating apps that was born in more modern times.
It has a history that somewhat has a flavor of revenge to it—It is notably one of the very few dating platforms created by a woman in a male-dominated industry. Bumble’s founder was a co-founder at Tinder.
After suffering sexual harassment at her previous workplace, she decided she would start a dating platform. Bumble was born with promises that it would change the way dating works. In2019, five years after its initial launch, Bumble generated a revenue of $240 million.
Key Features of Both Websites
A dating website should provide you with tools that make your experience searching for a partner suitable and smooth.
These websites are businesses, and they need to make money to keep the platform available for you and other single people out there.
This, however, doesn’t mean they should lock everything behind a paywall.
There should be some features available for your use, to make a start and then decide if you want to pay. POF has more for you to do outside of their paywall than Bumble does. For free, Bumble lets you:
- Create a Profile
- Suggests matches for you
- Allows you text members, you are interested in, however, with a twist. On Bumble, only women can make the first condition. This is to keep in line with the decision to challenge the norm.
Behind a paywall are more exciting features for Bumble. Usually, a match expires within 24 hours, but when you pay, you can extend connections. If you match with someone and you could not reach out before the connection expired, you can rematch with an expired connection.
There is a Backtrack feature that lets you undo accidental swipes. POF’s features that are not hidden behind a paywall include creating an account, chatting with members, getting matches, seeing who is online, participating in forums, sending voice messages, and more.
It has a lot for you to do than Bumble, but there is the uncomfortable presence of ads. The extra features they let you have when you pay are a lot, with the chief among them being an ad-free experience. There is a Meet Me feature where members appear randomly on everyone’s profile; you will be able to feature regularly on it.
You can now tell if your message was read or aired. You can increase your chances of finding love with the gifts option.
Comparison of the Signup Process
You will find Bumble’s onboarding process to be fast and straightforward. You have the option of registering using your phone number or Facebook account. To breeze through the signup process, your Facebook account is the best option because Bumble will import all the information they require of you.
Plenty of Fish has a signup process that many people will find tedious and stressful. They collect a lot of information about you to ensure other members know enough about you before making contact. There is no requirement to link any of your social media accounts, and bear in mind that you will take a robot test.
Plenty of Fish is a global service. It is present in several countries and is offered in several languages. It has over 90 million users registered globally. There is plenty of activity on the site, too, with over two million daily logins.
Bumble has an equally global presence. It boasts over a hundred million registered users, and that number is expected to keep growing at its registration rate of over 700 thousand new members per month.
Ease of Use
Bumble’s color scheme is truly unique, and it has kept to the Bee theme it is named after. It uses a mix of white and different hues of yellow. It is effortless to navigate through the app even if you are not tech-savvy.
Plenty of Fish falls short compared to Bumble in the design section. The presence of ads will have you straining your eye a bit. Features are not exceptionally as organized on POF as it is on Bumble.
You have a high chance of getting a match on both platforms, but Bumble comes out tops in this section. The growth rate of its user cannot be ignored. Plenty of Fish has taken a decade to rack up as many users, while Bumble achieved that height in less than half of that.
Pros and Cons
- It has a quick signup process
- It can be used as a tool for networking.
- Member’s profiles are not detailed
- Matches have a time limit.
Plenty of Fish Pros
- Member’s profiles contain detailed information
- Lots of features on the free option
Plenty of Fish Cons
- Presence of Ads
- Lack of a modern user interface
Plenty of Fish’s strong suit lies in how it gives members total control of finding a match if they choose to do it themselves. If you think you prefer DIY dating, then Plenty of Fish should be the platform you should lean towards.
Bumble has one advantage over POF in its use as a tool for dating and social networking. Bumble has a BFF mode that you can turn on, and you will instantly find yourself using a similar tool to Facebook, where you can make friends. Who knows, while using the BFF option, you could find love too.