Having spoken to so many women who had been put off dating apps by a constant stream of creepy, uninitiated and often abusive messages from men, there seemed an obvious need for a platform that offered some level of female empowerment in the digital dating sphere.
Revealingly, Wolfe admits she has never once used Tinder. I tell her I have some less admirable male friends who swipe right on everyone, without any discretion, just to increase their matches and chances of a hook-up. But Bumble gives the man a chance to not feel like the aggressor, and gives the woman a chance to take a little more control than society says is OK and steer the conversation from the beginning.
This is all about women reclaiming that online dating space. Bumble is about establishing equality. So if we eliminate the rejection, what is there to be aggressive about? But before we get down to the nitty gritty of whether such an approach is attractive, or even viable, to the young single masses, I have to ask Wolfe why she would possibly want to get back into the world of dating apps?
Wolfe laughs and shakes her head. She was convinced otherwise by Andrey Andreev, the Russian entrepreneur who co-founded the billion-pound social network Badoo , which, while not enormous in the UK, has million users worldwide. Having met Wolfe while she was working at Tinder, he got in touch with her last August to discuss a new joint business venture. Andreev loved the angle of social responsibility and empowerment, but persuaded her to channel the ideas back into the turbulent world of dating apps.
And so Bumble was born. It is most evident in its photo messaging. While matched users can send pictures to each other, each is watermarked with their name and photo, discouraging anyone from sending something naked shots, for example that they do not want screen-shot and forever attached to their identity online. But does Wolfe agree that the fundamental flaw in dating apps so far is that they are built by men, operating in a highly sexist environment?
And I think that is what we are beginning to see happen with apps like Bumble. She may well be right.
Female empowerment in the world of dating apps now seems to be en vogue in the world of tech startups, and even Tinder, as part of its new subscription Plus package launched in March, has introduced new reporting systems to try to stop men behaving badly. This new generation of dating apps includes the controversial Lulu , where women can publicly rate men on everything from appearance to sexual performance, and The Grade , which lets users score each other on the quality of their messages and speed at replying, therefore hopefully weeding out any creeps.
Lee, who is a digital artist with a background in molecular biophysics, set it up less than a year ago because she felt the current models were unsafe and exposed, particularly for women. It also stops people, be it your clients, your students, or your boss, seeing your full profile on the app, which women have also said was very important to them.
While it is currently only available on the west coast of America, Siren has proved so popular it is expanding globally in the summer. Brian Freeman and Andrew White set up the app last year after both came out of long-term relationships and quickly lost faith in Tinder.
So we went and asked women: It turned out be security, safety and enough information to make a decent decision. And the best way to do that in our minds was to have the women vet the men.
In a bid to get its members meeting up in real life, it has also limited the first interaction to 20 messages. While attention has mostly focused on younger people and sexting, older women have also experienced it. Miriam has also sent erotic messages and nude photos of herself.
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