Dating apps are now part of the modern live, and there nothing we can do about it. Some say it sucks, but truth is it is here to bridge gaps and aid lovers to fine their suitable mates. From times immemorial humans have sort out other humans so that they can share a romantic relationship with.
Dating as an act varies from place to place or culture to culture. Dating, however, most times lead to an intimate relationship or marriage no matter what part of the globe you are on.
Finding a perfect match is never easy, even if you are using an app or not. Today there are many apps that promises to link you up with the man or woman of your dreams. Dating is a big business and Facebook at their F8 summit earlier this Month announced that the will launched their own Dating App. This is bad news for most apps which allow logins from Facebook, it will bring competition and Facebook are in to take the crowd. Facebook announced that their dating App will be free and will be without Ads. Though, that is not innovative, it will surely provide an option for users. So what Make a good Dating App.
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Features of a Good Dating App
- Users : An App with large number of users, indicates user satisfaction. There is another advantage, when there are many users, there is a high chance you will get a good match for a relationship.
- Security : A good App should have end to end encryption of users data. If a third party app is use for sign up then such a third party must secured. A dating App or it third party sign app should be one that won’t deliberately sell or give out users data. This has been the case with Bumble and Facebook. The dating service removed its previous Facebook profile requirement after some users cited issues with the direction Facebook has been heading lately when it comes to managing user data.
- User Interface (U.I) : A good Dating App must have a good User Interface. User should be able to navigate to the site easily.
- Multiple Filters : A good Dating App must have multiple filters. This is to enable users to search for their potential mate on the basis of interests, location, age, relationship type, career E.t.c.
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The Best Five
Now with this in mind, I will list to you the top five dating apps out they for 2018. There are a large number of dating Apps out there, in this post, I help you pick what I think are the top five. Since there are some many options, one may be confused as to which to chose. In the list of five here, I will state their uniqueness and what gives each and edge. Please note this list is in no particular order.
Upside : Great filter and you can easily get matches. Great User Interface and gives women the power.
Downside: If you are the kind of woman that won’t make the first step. Please this is not the app for you.
Bumble allows you meet with people around your area, either for a relationship or for friendship. This is the an app designed with women in mind.
The sweet unique thing with Bumble is that once two people of opposite genders match, the woman must message the guy first. She has 24 hours to do so before their connection disappears. Guys can extend matches for 24 hours, if they’re really hoping to hear from a woman, as can ladies, if they want to initiate something with a match but just haven’t had the time during the first day. For same – gender matches, either person can initiate the conversation first.
As mentioned earlier, following Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’ s debacle, the company added an additional method to create a profile — by adding your phone number.
Profiles are concise and settings are also pared down, like with Tinder, but swiping up allows you to scroll through additional photos instead of super-liking someone. This means that just because someone twitched their thumb up on your photo, you won’t have to see their profile first every time you open the app, even though you swipe left on their profile every time.
Because of Bumble modus operandi in which a woman has to initiate the conversation, we have found that it can attract a more passive crowd than other dating apps. Bumble is available on Android and iOS.
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Upside: Strong user Base and sleek user interface. The Photo verification ensures security.
Downside: The need to pay for more visibility and super powers within the app.
Baboo was launched in 2006, and since then have grown to be a power house in the dating service. Badoo is the largest dating app with about 375 million in 190 countries and the app is used in about 47 languages. Badoo operates on a freemium model, whereby the core services can be used without payment. Even though it is free it renders quality service. Here are some of it features.
- People Nearby: Users can see and contact people who live in their area, as well as those they ‘Bumped Into’ with this feature.
- Search: Users can also see who is on the app in a different city or another part of the world.
- Encounters: Another free feature, where users swipe right (yes) or left (no) on other users’ profiles. If there is a match the two users are notified.
- Video Chat: In August 2017, Badoo launched its video chat function that allows users to connect real-time, once they’ve exchanged messages.
The app uses a lot of varied means to find interesting matches, from a Tinder-like swiping system to viewing the profiles of nearby users. Badoo puts a premium on making sure that its users are actual verified people, instead of “catfish”-style scams, with verification methods based on uploaded photos, connected social media accounts and phone verification. While the app is free to use, you can also buy premium credits to increase visibility or subscribe to gain “Super Powers,” which provide expanded features. Badoo is available on Android and iOS.
Upside: Great User Base and Great User Interface.
Downside: Users have to pass snap judgment of a profile of another user they hardly know.
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps, too (hitting almost 50 million users back in late 2014), meaning the likelihood of matching with someone you’re interested in who doesn’t live super far away is greater than with apps that have fewer users. Tinder is most interesting features is the Swipe and scroll. Tinder actually has one of the best user interfaces of any dating app around. The photos are large, the app is — comparatively speaking — svelte, and setting up your profile is pretty painless. Overall, Tinder gets an A for its usability. Also, no one can message you unless you have also expressed an interest in them, which means you get no unsolicited messages.
Tinder shows you a photo, name, and age. You can tap on the photo to see additional information regarding the person and Facebook friends you share (if you’re logged in through your Facebook account). You can also choose to swipe right (to like them), left (to pass), or up if you want to use one of your precious “super likes” to show them you really really like them. If you and another person have both swiped right on one another, a screen will appear showing that you’ve matched and inviting you to send them a message. Sadly, most of the time, the Tinder experience will consist of flicking through profiles like channels on the television.
Tinder is always exploring ways to be better and to serve it teeming users well. In April it introduced a looping video feature. Tinder started testing a looping video feature; while it’s limited to Canada and Sweden for now, the Loops feature could eventually roll out to other areas. Tinder is available for download on Androids and iOS devices.
Upside: Old and trusted, fast matching, large user base.
Downside: You must upgrade to premium subscription to enjoy the App or website to the fullest.
Would be hard to talk about dating app or site without mentioning the grandfather of dating platforms. Match.com has been long before these days of phone apps. Match.com offers its users a freemium dating experience on Android and iOS. Free users can set up online profiles, upload a few pictures of themselves and then engage in some online flirting with “winks”, and have new matches delivered to them daily. Match.com was at the top of the dating game long before the service ever released an official mobile app. Thankfully, you don’t have to log into the app via Facebook, though you will have to go through a sign-up process that requires you to add a few photos, answer some questions about your gender and preferences, and create a username and password. The same login credentials will work with the desktop version of the site.
To really make the most of Match.com, however, you’re going to need a subscription, which can get a little pricey — the cheapest option currently available will run you $21 a month for six months. A premium subscription does allow you to see who is recently looked at your profile and who has liked your pictures, though, and includes a host of other features.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Upside: User friendly interface. Unique approach.
Downside: The app has glitches, the bagel that really fits your preferences takes time to come by.
This Dating App has one of the coolest names, but that is not the only reason it made the list. It has some unique features that you may want to explore as you seek a date.
Coffee Meets Bagel does require logging in through your Facebook in order to create a profile. Once that is all set and done, things interesting.
Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB ) takes a different approach to other dating apps out there, here is about quality than quantity. Every day at noon, the app will send men a small selection of potential matches based on their profile and preferences, and women are then sent a number of matches who’ve shown interest in them, leaving the ladies the option of reciprocating the like. If the attraction is mutual, then the app will set you up with a 7-day chat window and icebreaker. A virtual currency of “beans” (which can be earned through actions or purchased) allow you to take extra actions like extending the chat window time or viewing mutual friends. A premium subscription provides more detailed profiles and info about your bagel’s activity on the CMB service.
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The service also offers more specific preference options, meaning you can narrow your choices to certain religious beliefs or ethnicities if those things are important to you. You can load up to nine photos and have a much more prolific profile, too. And if you’ve entered any icebreakers into your profile, the app will send one of them to a bagel you’ve connected with as the first message for greater convenience. The fact that the chat room expires after a week puts some pressure on you to exchange phone numbers or meet up in real life or to just quietly fade away without any fuss. The interface is also relatively user-friendly, with large photos and clean text.
That sounds all good but don’t be carried away. It service takes time to send you a bagel that perfectly fit your preference, sometimes if it fits, the bagel may be living very far away. Coffee Meets Bagel is available in both Android and iOS.
Other apps that missed the cut but are also good includes the following:
- Taste buds
- eharmony (one of the first dating platforms)