Badoo aims to do dating better. It’s first and foremost a social media dating website, having started life on Facebook as quizzes and games before launching into the world’s biggest dating network.
It’s available in over 190 countries and 47 languages and its popularity speaks for itself around the world. As a social media site, it’s mostly centred around it’s mobile app, so on-the-go dating is here to stay with Badoo.
Badoo member structure
Badoo mainly attracts a younger crowd – most of their users are under 30 and looking for something a bit more casual than long-term.
- There are over 417 million users worldwide.
- UK Members: Approximately 7 million of these are from the UK.
- On an average day: 350 million messages are sent. 10 million photos are added. There are 12 billion swipes. 400,000 new people sign up. Each person spends an average of 1.8 hours a day on Badoo.
- Per month:60 million users are active.
- Gender proportion: 60% Male and 40% Female
How does Badoo work?
You’re almost left to your own devices with Badoo. There’s no personality test or questionnaire to take – you simply create your profile and then start using the site. When you first sign up, you can select whether you want to meet new people to date, chat or to make new friends.
After that, you create your own matches through the various features so it works similarly to other social media sites, like Tinder.
To sign up you, just need to go to badoo, enter your email, password and date of birth. Then click “Become a member!”.
After that, you will be lead to a new page that will ask you for your full name, city and gender. All you have to do is enter the information and click “Finish”. You can complete registration by opening your email and clicking on the welcome link sent by Badoo.
To make life easier you can sign up via Facebook. You then have to add at least one photo – again, you can pull them through Facebook and Instagram instead of uploading something totally new.
Ease of use
Badoo’s pretty easy to use. On sign up you start seeing profiles to match with straight away. The messaging feature is pretty simple too – it’s just like using a messenger service.
Chat, Messages & Notifications
How do you chat on Badoo? Once you’ve uploaded a photo you can start chatting to other members. All you have to do is visit his or her profile page and click on the “Chat now” button at the top right corner of that page. You can then see a message pop-up window. To one side of this window, you will see the names of connected users.
If you haven’t matched with someone you can only send them one message. If they don’t reply you’ll be blocked from sending any more. This is a neat little safety feature that stops any unwanted attention. You can send fun stickers and gifts if you pay for credits, too.
All verified profiles get a clear blue tick, so you can easily see who’s gone through verification and are therefore genuine. You also have to upload a photo to be able to access many of the features, which will be verified Hornet by the Badoo modifiers.
There’s a scoring system too, but it’s a little flawed as you’re mostly scored through your appearance in photos. And even though you can add profile information, you can only choose your interests from a list so it’s not quite as detailed as it could be.