Badoo combines elements of dating apps and social media platforms to create a unique way of meeting potential romantic interests.
- Create an account to meet friends and romantic interests in your area
- Upload videos and photos to give people a better impression of who you are
- Chat live with potential friends and partners
- Search functionality is well-implemented and very useful
- Layout of profiles are more interesting than some dating site alternatives
- Can be used for free
- Free plans put some strict limitations on users
- Doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other dating apps
Badoo feels as much like a social experiment as it does a dating app. As the way we interact on the internet becomes an increasingly more integral aspect of our lives, many users have come to rely on a whole interrelated network of social networking platforms to chronicle their lives and stay in touch with friends, families, and followers. In essence, Badoo takes the most effective elements of social media platforms like Facebook with the features of dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid to create a truly unique dating experience. When navigating a traditional dating site, relationships are almost entirely handled on a one to one basis. Like love notes traded in elementary school, mutual interest is developed by attraction to the photos on a profile and mutual personality traits, and this initiates conversation between the two. It's not that much different than traditional singles classifieds, but it provides a new level of polish and reach by operating on a digital platform. Badoo doesn't take the same approach. Where platforms like Facebook serve as your network of current friends of family, Badoo intends to be the platform for your future friends and love interests. Badoo hedges their bets regarding whether they're a dating site, suggesting that the service can be used to meet friends as well as romantic partners, and it's a methodology they think will keep users coming back even after they meet that special someone. It's a smart move. After all, if dating apps are successful at what they promise, they can expect to see a significantly high turnover in their user base. But in practical terms, it can be hard to reconcile the vision of the platform with the reality. When you get started, you're asked to upload photos and put together a profile in much the same way you would with a dating site. Communications are similarly handled through a private messaging system, though free users are given a limited number of new messages they can send out each day. While the actual product may not match the bold philosophy that the creators envisioned, that actual product is well designed. Prospective matches are easy to find and navigate, and the search function is a nice addition that more dating apps could benefit from. The influence of social media platforms in the profile pages is clearly apparent as well. It's slickly designed and allows a level of customization better than a lot of the alternatives out there. Creating a profile in Badoo feels like a way to broadcast your actual personality more than it feels like just fishing for new matches. It also benefits from the ability to upload videos rather than relying simply on photos to express your personality. Users looking for a dating app that more closely resembles the traditional social media platforms they know can find a lot to love in Badoo, but underneath the hood is a dating app that's rather more conventional.
Badoo has its appeals but it has a very (intentionally?) badly implemented search engine, too. Even if one makes sure he/she is looking for someone in a specific area (indicating a specific radius from his/her town) Badoo keeps presenting people from afar. It seems like they're avoiding saying 'Look, there's no more people in your area, other than the ones we showed you already.' It leads to awkward conversations and time wasting. Other than that, I've been meeting people from Badoo since 2010.
with no previous notice it may happen that your account is locked and the verification procedure doesn't work at all really bad situation