Coffee Meets Bagel Review

Coffee meets bagel is a dating app that slowly feeds you potential matches everyday at noon.  Initially it seems like a great concept as to not overwhelm everyone with a zillion choices right away, but the apps true intentions are clearly evident early on.

As a somewhat technical person I can see right through what the creators of this app are doing and its nothing more than a thinly disguised money making scam.

Essentially they only feed you a sparse amount of mediocre profiles for free each day, which you will undoubtedly left swipe on the majority of.  BUT you can still scroll through other much better and more popular ones via the “discover” feature but you have to get out your credit card and buy more “bagels” (stupid name) in order to let them know you like them – pay, yet you have no clue if they are even active on the site.  A match still has to be made in order for contact to happen – in all cases.

So this app wants you to pay just for the ability to right swipe the profiles that you like after giving you 4-6 freebies that you don’t like.  Their algorithm essentially makes the attractive profiles pay-only, while giving you the less attractive ones for free.

They are making money off the popular attractive profiles – and even then a good portion are blatantly fake with professional models and photography.

I swear that in time we’ll look back on this as the fraudulent wild west era of online dating.

Meet the 3 scammers that made the app

 

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A Male Bumble Review

Welcome to bumble

I know that I said I hated free dating apps and sites, but a few days ago I bit the bullet and downloaded Bumble.  I also had to make a dummy Facebook account because I tossed my original one into the trash 5 years ago.

For those that don’t know, its a swipe app and after you are matched, the woman has to reply first within 24hrs of matching, and we have to reply back within 24hrs or you lose your shot.

Observation #1 is that almost all of the girls on it are beautiful – my initial run through had me literally trying to find ones that weren’t right-swipe worthy, and it was hard.  But I digress, looks alone are great in your 20’s but I desire a wee bit more than that in my 30’s and unless they tell you about themselves in the short bio, you are left to go off nothing but looks, location, age and (optional) career + education.

How about height?  I am 6 foot and don’t want to swipe on anyone taller.

Religion? I love and celebrate Christmas and other Christian holidays and its an instant deal breaker if you don’t.

Body type?  Self explanatory.

The other issue here is the widely discussed algorithm they have in place for men.  When I first signed up and started swiping I got about 5 or 6 matches and was messaged by 3 ladies.  Pretty normal I thought, until later on I realized I had swiped hundreds of profiles and the matches all but stopped – and I wanted to know why so I did some digging.

Basically, new male members are sent to the bottom of the barrel and have to work their way up to be shown to the more popular members based on how many right swipes we get over time.  I assume the first batch of matches I got was a little taste of the top to convince me to not insta-delete the app out of frustration.  From my research other men experienced the same thing right after signing up.

Fair enough I thought, over a week or so I should have generated enough right swipes to be “in the show” but even this was flawed.  Apparently many men right swipe everyone which in-turn makes almost every right swipe for women a match which bogs down the entire system.  It could be weeks or months before a girl I right-swiped on today even comes across my profile.

I’ve also scrolled though at least 15 previous dates hanging out on here so this has been like a reunion, with a left swipe adios.

I am at 4 days in and I get 1, maybe 2 matches a day and I have pretty much stopped swiping so it can catch up.  Oh, I take it you have noticed the image up there – here’s another

It’s not just guys……

UPDATE: 4/15/17

I am now finally getting quality matches, I assume I qualified to Bumbles standards?  Women I match with tend to message within the hour or not at all.  I will updated later.

Final Update:

I didn’t like it, whenever I was messaging with a girl I could tell I was just one of many dudes she was juggling.  Lots of one word answers, not asking me questions on top of the aforementioned algorithm debacle makes me have to give this app two thumbs down.