Similar to Tinder’s “Boost” feature, Spotlight is designed to advance users’ profiles to the top of the stack to be viewable by more people for 30 minutes.
SuperSwipe is a premium feature that lets users tell a potential match they’re confidently interested in them by informing the match that you are interested before they reciprocate. This means they don’t need to swipe right in order to match.
Now that you’ve got the lay of the land, let’s help your dating game by providing tools that’ll not only rack up matches, but make those matches count. To advise, we spoke to Bumble’s Chief Creative .
It sounds lame and obvious, but being real and honest in the digital age is rare and therefore appreciated. “We’re living in a world where people are obsessed with showcasing perfection, but it’s important to be authentic – especially in dating,” Fulgham says. “For example, if a sense of humor is important to you, showcase it through your Bumble bio or through the photos you choose.” Likewise, if you’re adventurous, you may want to show a photo of you cliff-diving in Hawaii. “Your photos are all about showcasing slices of your actual life, especially the slices you’d like to share with someone,” she adds.
Include Quality Photos
Fulgham refers the first photo on your Bumble profile as your calling card. This means you should put your best photo first and make sure it is of you and only you. “It’s great to include photos with your friends too, but you want your potential matches to know just who it is they’ll be swiping right on when they land on your profile,” Fulgham says. “Showing off your smile, your eyes (without sunglasses) and your whole face makes a positive first impression.”
Ask Friends for Help
Sometimes, your friends can be your best wing people when it comes to your online profile. “Your friends will be honest, and you can trust them to tell you whether you should switch out a photo for another one,” Fulgham says, adding that, if you need help describing yourself, they can be a wonderful – and honest – resource. “What do they love the most about you? How would they describe you? Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself.”
Connect With Kindness
Putting a positive spin on your bio helps avoid miscommunication. Fulgham cautions against being too negative, sarcastic, or self-deprecating in your Bumble bio. “While that can work in person, it can come across the wrong way in a written profile,” she says. “Putting a positive spin on your bio helps avoid miscommunication.” For example, rather than saying 6’0 (because apparently height matters), try putting a positive spin on it and say “Tall enough to reach the top shelf when we grocery shop together.” See the difference? Friendly and approachable!
Update With Seasonal Photos
Like you do with your wardrobe, you should update your images with the seasons. “People who see more success on Bumble are usually really thoughtful with their profiles,” Fulgham says, adding, in summer, Bumble tends to see an increase in interaction and matches with those who are updating their profiles to reflect the seasonality. It shows that you’ve been active on the app recently, too.
Alternative Dating Apps to Bumble
- Coffee Meets Bagel
- Elite Singles
If you’ve been reading through this guide to Bumble with the growing suspicion that it’s not really a great fit for you, don’t worry, there are plenty of other alternatives. There’s Tinder of course, similar services like Coffee Meets Bagel and Hinge, as well as Match, AdultFriendFinder and Elite Singles, but if you want a truly different, state of the art dating service, AskMen recommends Zoosk.