There are countless tweets about the difficulties of finding an internet soulmate, and a whole subreddit dedicated to telling the worst dating stories. We've even written multiple lists, articles, and opinion pieces about the struggles of finding love through an app. Writer Hannah Murphy snapped a picture of the game, emptier than all of Twitter's dating prospects. This bumble claw crane with no prizes is a chilling metaphor pic.twitter.com/cdcuW3eSVJ Murphy called the prizeless machine a "chilling metaphor," and is there anything more relatable?
Wolfe Herd's app has expanded beyond dating, with features promoting female friendship and career networking.Jamel Toppin/Forbes Some users of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe Herd's dating app, are lucky enough to swipe right and find love, a new friend or a job opportunity. Wolfe Herd, though, may be the luckiest of all: The app, which Forbes values at $1 billion, has brought its 29-year-old founder a $230 million fortune. While Wolfe Herd missed the cut for this year's Forbes list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, Forbes predicts it won't be too long before she joins the ranks, assuming Bumble keeps growing at the rate it has. Bumble's biggest competitor is Tinder, founded in 2012 as one of the first "swiping" dating apps,using a customer's location to find matches. Wolfe Herd actually helped build what is now her adversary.
With more and more people getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many single folks are ditching virtual dates for in-person ones. Those looking for love in New York City will soon have a new spot where they can meet up for dates, a café/restaurant/wine bar from dating app Bumble. Bumble Brew is scheduled to open for breakfast service on July 24th. Lunch and dinner service will start at the Nolita spot in the coming weeks. Along with an 80-seat dining room, there will be a cocktail bar, patio dining and private dining space.
Bumble, the "women-first dating app," recently swiped right on a $450 million acquisition offer, Forbes reported this week. Tinder also ranks first in terms of revenue in the lifestyle category on Google Play and Apple's App Store. "For me, all the dating apps are so flawed that I feel like I need to try my luck on all of them for the greatest chance of luck," an active user of both Tinder and Bumble told me. Google Play does have a Dating category whereas App Store does not.
When Whitney Wolfe founded Bumble, the popular swipe-based dating app where women make the first move, she wasn't out to start a dating app revolution--she just wanted to create a way to bring accountability to the online dating realm. But the app's major boom has shown that the dating space needed a different approach. Now, as the company is in its second year, Bumble is expanding the platform to allow different kinds of connections instead of just romantic ones. Wolfe outlined plans for the app's future at South by Southwest, including many new features that are just around the corner. The idea for Bumble was born after Wolfe's messy departure from Tinder, which has a reputation of being more hookup-focused than relationship-focused. On Tinder and other sites, it's common for women to receive aggressive messages and (ahem) unsolicited photos from their matches, which might drive users away.