Bumble is a dating app much like Tinder but it has one key difference. Both apps have profiles with pictures, links to social media accounts, and use the swipe-left, swipe-right model for making matches. The main difference is that on Bumble women have the initiative when it comes to starting a conversation. In an opposite-sex match on the dating portion of Bumble, both parties have to swipe right to make a match – but once that match is made, only the woman can start the conversation.
The intent is to clean up the dating community on the app and avoid many of the problems prevalent on Tinder. There is a minority of borderline men on sites like Tinder, who are unable to take no for an answer, or are desperate, or socially inept, or just don’t have a clue. These men start conversations with grossly forward propositions or stupid pickup lines, and make women reluctant to swipe right at all, because they are concerned that the next thing in their inbox is going to be a come-on that, if rebuffed, will escalate into personal attacks or rudeness. By leaving the conversation starting to women, women are given the power of setting the expectation for the conversation from the get-go, whether that tone be flirty, sexy, outright raunchy, or totally nonsexual.
When two people match on Bumble, the woman has 24 hours in which to start a conversation. After that first message, the man then has 24 hours in which to respond. If this doesn’t happen, then the match expires…or does it?
Backtracking vs. Rematching
Let’s clarify that there is a difference between backtracking, and rematching.
Backtracking is when you swipe left on someone but meant to swipe right. On Tinder, you’re just out of luck unless you subscribe to one of the premium tiers of service. On Bumble, however, you can usually backtrack. Backtracking is simple – just shake the phone after you realize your mistake, and the most recent left-swipe will be undone. Note that you can’t backtrack on a right-swipe! Free subscribers get three Backtracks every three hours, which should be enough for all but the most ham-handed of us. Subscribers to Bumble Boost get unlimited Backtracks.
Rematching is different. In a rematch, a user can re-vitalize an expired link. The only way to have Rematches is for one party or the other to the match to be a Bumble Boost subscriber. When you go into your match section, you’ll see the expired matches with your current matches. Just select the expired match and tap “Rematch” and the match will be renewed for another 24-hour grace period.
The downside of Bumble Boost is the cost – ranging from $8.99 a week to $13.33 a month depending on how long a period you commit to (and pay for upfront). But if rematches are worth the expense to you, they are available.
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