Bumble Is Just Like Tinder, But Women Have All The Power
Our prayers have been answered, ladies! Remember Whitney Wolfe, the former Tinder executive who claimed to be sexually harassed by the company’s CMO, and then was unfairly stripped of her co-founder title? Well it looks like Tinder messed with the wrong badass chick.
Last week, TechCrunch announced that Whitney, along with some other former Tinder employees, have created a dating app of their own, called Bumble— a Tinder competitor. It’s like Tinder in that users are expected to swipe left or right depending on their interest in another’s profile, but there is one thing that is radically different: on Bumble, boys are NOT allowed to send the first message.
To eliminate overloading inboxes and, oftentimes, unwanted messages from creepers, girls must initiate conversation with their matches, or else they disappear after 24 hours. The only power guys hold is the ability to extend one match each day for an extra 24 hours, hoping that said match will notice them and send them a message. For same sex relationships, though, Bumble has no rule on who has to message first.
I think it’s pretty awesome that a woman who dealt with unwanted advances in the workplace used her experiences and skillset to help prevent those same unwanted advances in the dating world. Though Wolfe’s lawsuit against the company and the accused was settled out of court, with no admission of wrongdoing on either side, she still reportedly earned $1 million in the settlement. It looks like she put that money to good use, if you ask me. [TechCrunch]