Bumble may be a dating app but it isn’t just any old dating app. This innovative dating app goes to great lengths to tell people that it is about so much more than just dating and backs that up with action in the form of BFF (aka Bumble Best Friends Forever) mode. Whether you have just moved to a new city or just seeking to expand your social circle, Bumble BFF can be a useful app for making friends.
This is a mode where you can make platonic friends within your local area. As well as tipping the balance in favor of women, Bumble also lets you make friends. If you are just learning Bumble, you might enjoy this article on How to send a message in Bumble.
Bumble is most famous for trying to be the opposite of Tinder. Bumble’s most famous innovation was giving the power to women, enabling women to initiate the first interaction in a match between a man and a woman. This has had a hugely positive effect on the community. Women feel much happier using the app as they can choose to contact or not contact a match, considerably reducing the frequency of unwanted inappropriate messages. Men know that if a woman contacts them that she is genuinely interested as she has to be the one to break the ice, initiating the conversation. On Bumble, women as much more likely to ask a man out than on other dating apps.
If that wasn’t enough, BFF mode adds another layer to Bumble that adds to its appeal.
BFF and dating modes in Bumble
In BFF mode you still swipe left or right on profiles but this time there is a very different goal in mind. Profiles are of the same gender and will be about making long-lasting friends rather than hooking up or dating. If you have moved to a new city or simply want to broaden your horizons, Bumble BFF mode can be a useful addition to real life friend finding. People find dates online so why not find platonic friends online as well?
In dating mode, Bumble switches to a traditional dating app model where you swipe left or right depending on your taste. Swipe left to give them a pass and swipe right to indicate that you’re interested, matching with them if they also swipe right. Matches are listed in your Match Queue page where only women can initiate the conversation. Male users cannot contact women at all. This is a good thing I think as it cuts down on the main negatives for online dating from a woman’s perspective.
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Switching BFF and dating modes in Bumble
Switching between dating and BFF mode in Bumble is very straightforward. If you’re setting up Bumble you can select New Friends in the account creation section where you see “So who do you want to find first?”.
If you already have a Bumble account, you can switch modes by following these steps:
- Open the Bumble app on your phone or tablet
- Select the Bumble logo on the swipe screen.
- Select Bumble BFF from the next screen.
- Start swiping for friends.
The Bumble switching menu should show Bumble, Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz. Bumble is the dating part of the app, Bumble BFF is for platonic friendships and Bumble Bizz is for networking and career-oriented stuff. Bumble’s goal is to become more than a dating app. Bumble wants to become the “go to” app for all your networking needs.
The neat thing about Bumble is that it isn’t either-or. You can use both Bumble dating and Bumble BFF at the same time if you like. All you need to do is switch modes as above and you can use the same profile for both aspects. Conversations are color coded to let you know which is which. Bumble shows dating chats in the standard yellow and it shows Bumble BFF chats in green. That way you won’t confused a conversation with a potential date with a conversation and a conversation with a potential friend.
The same time limits do apply though. That means you have just 24 hours to initiate a conversation with your new Bumble BFF match before it expires. You can still extend that if you’re a Bumbler Boost user or have your daily free extension but otherwise, the same methodology that exists in dating also exists in BFF mode.
The main challenges to mode switching in Bumble are that the same profile is used for both modes and you can only match with potential friends of the same gender as you.
Profile creation for Bumble BFF and dating modes
The approach we take to dating is very different from that of making friends. That means that tiny 300 character profile and those 5 images have to do double duty to get you what you want. It also means you need to tune your profile carefully to appeal to both camps. Bumble is apparently looking at using different profiles for the different ways we use the app but for now, we have to contend with a single profile regardless of which mode you are using.
That means writing a bio that speaks to both types of user. Those looking for a date and those just looking for friends. If you think you’re going to be looking for new friends as well as a new love, write your Bumble profile to suit your goals.
Bumble BFF mode is a neat idea that seems to be going down well. It elevates the app above others of its kind and offers a completely different dimension to making friends. We find everything else online so why not find friends too?
Do you have any tips or tricks for using Bumble BFF? If so, please comment below.