A couple of former Tinder employees broke away from their roots to start up their own Tinder competitor – a new application called Bumble.
In terms of design and interface, Bumble is almost identical to Tinder. Everything from profile pages, settings, and gestures are all the same.
The main difference between Tinder and Bumble is that on Bumble, girls hold the power. Like on Tinder, two people first have to “like” each other before any match can be made. However, on Bumble, the girl then has to make the first move by sending a message otherwise no communication between the guy and girl can be had. If the woman doesn’t message you, the match disappears forever.
Men have the option to pick *one* girl they match with per day and extend that match an additional 24 in hopes that she just might send him a message.
You may be wondering: what if you aren’t looking for girls?
Well if you squint, you will see they address that topic on the first page.
It took me a minute to notice it but it’s there. If you click on that, you will be brought to the following page:
So in other words, Bumble will function identically to Tinder for gay men and lesbians. Since the app eliminates the new “girls go first” rule for same-sex matches, the unique aspects of Bumble no longer pertain.
I think it is awesome that Bumble’s team recognized the possibility of LGBT users downloading their app and that they incorporated these exceptions into their app’s design. Without them, gay men obviously wouldn’t be able to meet any guys on Bumble since neither man would be able to initiate a conversation with the other. Hahaha fail.
Lesbians, on the other hand, would both be able to start a conversation and in that way, again, Bumble wouldn’t be different from any other apps that homosexual women already have access to.
I guess the bottom line is that while LGBT people can download, match, and interact on Bumble, it doesn’t appear to have been designed for us. My personal opinion is to skip Bumble and stick with the other apps where some sort of a LGBT community has already been established.