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It’s true when they say there is an app for pretty much everything these days from food to jobs, dating to holidays and one I’ve discovered most recently is an app for friends called Bumble BFF. I remember using Bumble briefly for dating when I was single, but I never found it as enjoyable as the other apps I was using. Although it was amazing to stop guys spamming with pics if you didn’t want to talk to them first. As females have to talk first on the app. My friend Bec advised me that she had found a friend using the site, so I decided to give it a go myself. Similar time limits apply to on the BFF version, however, once a match is made either person has 24 hours to message, after this time the match expires. The time limit thing can be a bit annoying as if you are anything like me, you’ll forget to check it for days and then go back to loads of missed matches. I guess this is how Bumble entices people into paying for premium.
I have been using Bumble BFF over a month now and I am still checking the app (when I remember oops) so I decided to share my findings with you guys. If you’ve not yet got the app, I’d totally recommend it. I live in a pretty small town and even I’ve been able to locate people nearby. When you’re making a profile you can decide how far you want your account to reach, I did it to around 40km as I live within 30 minutes (or less on the train) of 3 different cities. So I decided to make sure my radius reached all of those areas. With that, I was on to swiping. I felt like I was on Tinder somewhat with the swiping but for me, the friendship shouldn’t be based on looks so I am always looking for interesting bios/experiences and what pets they have because my priorities are in the right order. With Bumble it offers you a variety of questions to ask your match which I find is quite cool as it allows you to get to know a person quite quickly.
With apps such as Bumble BFF, I do always try to put a lot of effort in at first when talking to someone, but when I get a bunch of one-word answers or really dull conversations like “hi, how are you” over and over I tend to give up the conversation. Although on occasion it does pay off, I was able to meet a friend called Emily. We’ve even met up in real life and had lunch and coffee. We are super similar as people and we now talk almost every day. I didn’t imagine when I joined Bumble BFF that I’d actually make a friend but I am ecstatic that I have.
As Bec was the one who told me about the app in the first place, I wanted to hear what she had to say about her experiences.
“Before Christmas, I downloaded Bumble BFF after hearing other North East Bloggers had used it and I was looking to make friends in my area anyway. I got talking to a lovely girl who was moving up to Newcastle from the other end of the country and we had a lot in common! We met up for a double date with her boyfriend and mine and we got along really well (so did our boyfriends)! I ended up planning a night out on the town with her and we had a lot of fun. We plan to go out more and I’d certainly say I’ve made a friend from Bumble. I would recommend others to give it a try if you’re wanting to meet new friends. I wasn’t expecting anything to come of it, but I’m very happy I plucked up the courage to do it!”
Hearing that Bec had such a positive experience made me happy to know that the app can result in success. I also spoke to Ellie from NinkComPoop who had met Bec through the app and I asked her for her thoughts on the app.
“Well… I used BFF because I was recommended it by a few people who knew I was moving away from home. As somebody who had instant success with Tinder a couple of years ago, I was really keen on the idea. I really needed to open myself up to new friendships as I was going to be hundreds of miles away from home. I feel like I’m quite good at understanding people’s sense of character quite quickly, so I got on with a few people almost straight away. I would 100% recommend it to people who are up for building new friendships or want to explore a new area with somebody. I was lucky in that I was able to become friends with somebody who knew the area quite well so could show me the ropes of a new place and invite me to fun events also.”
Ellie also offers the advice of:
With this I totally agree there are so many people the app, some are after the same things you may be after and others you may not be suited to, just like friends in real life. Not everybody will get on with everyone but there is a huge variety of people on the app and that’s what makes it great!
Thanks to Bec and Ellie for taking the time to be a part of this post and I’d love to know in the comments your experiences on Bumble BFF.