Bumble adds ‘BFF Mode’
The dating app Bumble, which is like Tinder except female users have to send the first message, created a ‘BFF Mode’, which helps users strike up friendships.
Here’s how it works, according to Tech Times:
When switching to the Bumble BFF mode, instead of suggestions for dates users will see suggestions for friends, meaning people of the same sex that Bumble thinks might resonate with you.
Once you see a suggestion that catches your eye, you can swipe right and wait to see whether the other person thinks you could be a good friend as well. If you both swipe right, you have 24 hours to start a conversation and form that bond you’re longing for.
Bumble will use different colors to display your conversations based on their category so you don’t mistake your BFF conversations with your flirty dating ones. BFF conversations will appear in green, while those with a romantic potential will appear in yellow.
A small sample of the reaction from Twitter:
Downloaded the Bumble app, changed to BFF mode, and it's still only showing me guys. I'm already over it. pic.twitter.com/PcurM2AUHy
— Preschool_Wifey (@prek_teach) March 7, 2016
Is using the new @bumble BFF Mode like cheating on your friends? Cuz I feel like I'm committing a huge act of betrayal to my BFF right now.
— Madison Way (@madisonrway) March 4, 2016
Bumble Now Lets You Switch To BFF Mode To Find Real Friends, Not Just Friends With Benefits – Tech Times https://t.co/msAAH7c4Or
— xvoda (@dumbwire) March 7, 2016
If people thought it was pathetic to look for a relationship through online dating and dating apps, what are they going to think about finding friends using those means? Time will tell whether the concept of using dating apps for finding friends will stick.
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About Luke Harold Luke Harold is a journalist who has written for publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register.