Tinder vs. Bumble Featured imageLife as a single person has its thrills and benefits. Such benefits include pursuing your interests and hobbies, owning your space, and appreciating the quiet moments of solitude. As a single person, you feel free to pursue your goals without any form of romantic encumbrance.
However, thrilling as the single life is, there comes a time as humans when finding love takes top priority. The online dating space offers so much help in searching for a partner, and you should be trying it out too.
Tinder vs. Bumble
Tinder vs. Bumble is a piece about two titans of the industry and how they edge each other in their matchmaking attempts. Apart from finding love using either of them, these two have some history that you would love to read about.
Comparison of History
Tinder was launched in 2012 within a startup called incubator Hatch Labs. It resulted from a collaborative effort between a company named IAC and a firm named Xtreme Labs. Tinder experienced aggressive growth in a short period because everything about it just appealed to the general public.
Some allude its success to the futuristic swipe-based system that was the heart of its matching system’s functionality. Before the system was introduced, users had to click a green heart or red X to signify their likes or dislike of other members.
The decision to ditch that feature for a swipe-based one paid off because two years after it was launched, Tinder recorded over a billion swipes by users on the platform.
In 2019, Tinder had a paying customer base of about 5.2 million, which resulted in the company’s revenue growing by 43%, meaning the company pulled in $1.2 billion; A breathtaking figure.
Bumble and Tinder have an interwoven history in the person of Whitney Wolfe Herd. Whitney was a co-founder of Tinder who left the company because a co-founder had sexually harassed her. Badoo co-founder Andrey Andreev convinced her to create a dating platform that would rival Tinder.
Whitney accepted the offer, and Bumble was born. As Tinder was recording a billion swipes in 2014, Whitney Wolfe was launching Bumble. Whitney described the app as a feminist app because it mandates that women make the first contact with men to reduce spam and online harassment that men are mostly guilt of perpetrating.
Bumble may not be as big as Tinder, but it is doing just fine. Every year, the company rakes in over $100 million.
Key Features of Both Websites
Tinder and Bumble are packed with many features that you can guess, sits behind a paywall while others are allowed to be used for free.
One cool feature that makes Bumble unique apart from its women-first interface is the “BFF” mode. The BFF mode makes Bumble double as a dating app and a traditional social media app for meeting new people.
Bumble describes the BFF mode as one that ‘lets users find platonic relationships.’ Once you go into that mode, you will find people of the same sex also looking to make new friends.
Apart from the regular chat feature, match suggestions, and profile creation features that are pretty standard in almost every dating app out there, Bumble has other exciting features that can improve and increase your chances of finding a match.
One of such features is the “SuperSwipe.” A SuperSwipe is like a normal swipe-right that’s got superpowers, and you can buy them with Bumble Coins. When you make a SuperSwipe, the profile you do it on will be alerted that you paid money to swipe on them, which lets them know you are really into them.
Tinder’s free account lets you register for an account, swipe left and right (limited per day) on profiles, find members near you, and you get one super-like to show someone you are really into them, just like Bumble’s SuperSwipe.
While these are great, one paid feature that stands out because of how useful it is to the LGBT community is the ‘Traveler Alert.’
As an LGBT member, when you travel to a place that is not safe for the community members, Tinder will let you know. It is a feature that shouldn’t exist, but the reality of the world makes it essential.
Comparison of the Sign-Up process
To create an account for Tinder, you can register with Facebook or enter your details on Tinder itself. Don’t have a Facebook account? A Google account will do just fine. Once you create your account, however, you cannot change your name except if you registered with Facebook (because if you change it on Facebook, it will change on Tinder).
Its registration is fast and straightforward. It is fast considering how detailed your profile is when you finish creating one. It’d still take 5 to 8 minutes to create a shape.
Bumble’s sign-up process is faster than Tinder’s. It only takes between 1-2 minutes to have an account ready. You can register using your phone number or a Facebook account. You can edit your account’s information at a later time.
When Bumble was launched, it had a million users a year later. Its growth rate since then has been astronomical. In 2020, 6 years after its initial launch date, it now has a user base of 100 million people worldwide. For a site that’s women-first in a patriarchal society, that is impressive.
Tinder may pull in more money, but Whitney Wolfe will be proud that after starting over her dream of building a dating website, her new platform now has almost double the users Tinder has. Tinder is used in 190 countries, is available in 40 languages, and has a user count of 57 million worldwide.
Ease of Use
Tinder wins it here. On top of having a modern, sleek user interface, Tinder is available on multiple platforms, which gives its users many options of use. You can get the app or use the web option on your desktop.
Bumble’s user interface is beautiful and straightforward, too, but it has nothing on Tinder, and it doesn’t have a web version.
Tinder’s success rate is higher given that it has been around for longer and has that extra amount of time over Bumble. Bumble’s number of users and growth rate indicates that people consider the platform useful in finding a partner.
Bumble’s paid plans
- 1 Week: 10.99 USD
- 1 Month: 24.99 USD
- 149.99 USD
- 1 Coin: 1.99 USD
- 5 Coins: 8.99 USD
- 10 Coins: 14.99 USD
- 20 Coins: 24.99 USD
- 30 Coins: 37.99 USD
Tinder’s paid plans
Tinder Gold under 28
- 1 Month: 14.99 USD
- 6 Months: 52.99 USD
- 12 Months: 82.99 USD
Tinder Gold over 28
- 1 Month: 29.99 USD
- 6 Months: 112.99 USD
- 12 Months: 149.99 USD
Tinder Plus under 28
- 1 Month: 9.99 USD
- 6 Months: 34.99 USD
- 12 Months: 54.99 USD
Tinder Plus over 28
- 1 Month: 19.99 USD
- 6 Months: 60.00 USD
- 12 Months: 80.00 USD
Pros and Cons
- Quick and easy registration process
- Large user base
- Profiles do not contain enough information
- Only one party can send the first message within 24 hours
- Available on multiple platforms
- Beautiful user interface
- Converting a match into a date is slow
- Limited right swipes per day
While it is great for challenging the norm, Bumble’s women-first interface feels like it is a condition that can make getting a date a bit difficult. It puts all the responsibility of breaking the ice on one person, but the growth rate of Bumble is an indicator that it works, and people have no problem with it.
Tinder is working hard to turn around its reputation of being an app for casual sex. You can expect to find a serious relationship on Tinder, but be warned, and you’ll still find a lot of people who are merely looking for flings. You can choose one or both.