Badoo Best Dating App Of 2017
Badoo has several features that enable users to meet people. When they first sign up, individuals select whether they want to meet new people to date, chat or to make new friends. Users can chat, match with other users, upload photos and videos, as well as share their interests and see any friends in common.
The main features include:
- People Nearby: Users can see and contact people who live in their area, as well as those they ‘Bumped Into’ with this feature.
- Search: Users can also see who is on the app in a different city, or another part of the world.
- Encounters: Another free feature, where users swipe right (yes) or left (no) on other users’ profiles. If there is a match the two users are notified.
- Video Chat: In August 2017, Badoo launched its video chat function that allows users to connect in real-time, once they’ve exchanged messages.
Badoo has developed numerous safety features to ensure that all users are real and verified. Such features include the ‘selfie request’ button, through which women can request a man they’re speaking to send a ‘selfie’ to prove they are the same person as in the pictures.
Pros Vs Cons
- World’s largest dating service with close to half a billion members since launch.
- The basic (free) service is very extensive and includes chat, uploading photos and videos and contacting members.
- Badoo has stamped out fake profiles thanks to their easy photo verification requirements, and protection from obscene photos during messaging.
- The app emphasizes finding people nearby and makes it easy to do so.
- Not as popular in North America, as it is in other regions.
- Profile information is limited to the basics.
- More than 560 million Badoo profiles are viewed on a daily basis.
- 350 million messages sent per day.
- 478 million registered users worldwide, resulting in just south of 10 million daily matches.
Growing mobile usage (and revenue). Since 2012, mobile usage has jumped by about 63 percent, according to Badoo. Surprisingly; the country with the largest proportion of mobile users is the United States. Although Badoo did not disclose the number of users for each country, It did reveal that Brazil tops the chart; with the most users overall.
According to mobile analytics authority App Annie, Badoo is ranked first or second in the social networking category (based on gross revenues in big countries such as Brazil, Spain, Italy and France).
In a peer-reviewed study by Cambridge University in 2009 it was given the lowest score for privacy among the 45 social networking sites examined. In the same report, it was given a ‘perfect score’ for verified accessibility on mobile devices.
Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported that numerous Badoo profiles were created without people’s consent, and that people have reported Badoo’s actions to the police.
According to Google’s transparency report on the requests for search removals stemming from the “right to be forgotten” ruling, Badoo had the eighth-highest number of URLs removed from Google Search, with Facebook, YouTube, Google Groups and Twitter receiving a higher number of these requests.
A CNET review by Rafe Needleman described Badoo’s first impression as “creepy”. He said that though the app was advertised as a way to meet local friends with shared interests, it was more like a photo-based dating app. He also said the way it matches users was “obscure”.
Badoo uses credits and the credits provide these perks:
1) Be the first entry to show in match search results.
2) Get your photo included in the featured users tab.
3) Your profile shows more often in Badoo encounters.
4) Purchase gifts to catch more attention.
5) Use emojis and stickers in chat.
6) Raises your badoo encounters quota.
7) Raises chat quota to 5.
8) Notifies users when you are online.
You can set the system up to auto-refill your credits whenever they go below a certain amount.