Badoo.com or simply Badoo is the ‘world’s biggest dating network’ which will allow you to meet and get to know people whenever you want and wherever you are. Badoo has not only tremendously increased its popularity since its founding year in 2006 but also has a continuously growing membership of more than 300 million people all over the globe.
Badoo is recognized internationally where it operates in around 190 countries and is also available in almost 50 different languages such as English, Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and even Korean. With simple and sophisticated design, navigating your way to finding your best match is easily done.
Badoo blends the features of a typical online dating and social media platform making it easier to start communicating with other members.
Although Badoo is a free and public dating application and website, there are some perks that are only available for those who have paid membership or Badoo credits. Badoo credits cost around $9.99 for 550 credits and you can buy 100, 550, 1250 or 2750 credits at a time.
You can also choose to purchase a premium which would cost you $10 for a month, $25, $35, and $60 for three, six, and twelve months subscription respectively.
The basic profile is required by the site after the creation of one’s account. In the sign-up process, some basic personal information is required including your name, gender, email address, current locations and others.
Security is key. Badoo requires a verified photo from its members if they wish to communicate with other verified users; this will give the members an added level of safety. A little blue tick is found at the bottom of a member’s profile picture signifies that their profile has been verified.
Badoo’s main goal is to bring people closer together which they are achieving by means of different key features like the search option which is available for free and paid members. Instant messaging can also be done through Badoo’s chat where each member who is interested with you is given a two message limit to make a great impression. Messages are then blocked if the interest is not mutual and you may also opt to chat to only fellow verified people. To prove that the person messaging is not a faker, Badoo also gives you the option for women to ask for an updated selfie of their potential interest and if there are any problems, one can easily choose to report or block a person from messaging her.
The ‘people nearby’ function will also allow you to meet someone in the same vicinity as where you are. In addition to this, just like other social media platforms, Badoo allows you to see whether you and your interests have ‘friends in common’ and be connected with their lives more with their Instagram accounts easily accessible.
The platform also allows you to see who visited your profile, who liked it, and who made you as one of their favorite persons. Encounters are made easy as potential romantic partners and friends may be chosen by simply swiping to the right for yes, and left for no.
Badoo also has a video chat function which enables users to have a real-time conversation.
Having a Badoo Premium subscription would allow you to access extra features that basic/free users do not have. With Badoo Premium, you can activate the ‘invisible mode’, undo your last vote, chat with popular users, highlight your messages, and get access to a set of cool stickers.
Aside from having a subscription, Badoo credits would also allow you to become more popular, get more attention and Rise Up the search results. Credits would also allow you to use the ‘Get Featured’ service. Stickers may also be purchased with credits where most packs cost 250 credits.
Credits will also enable you to have super powers where for a hundred Badoo credits, your photo would appear on the ‘Spotlight’ panel. Another super power would be to have the ability to see who voted “Yes” or “Maybe” for you. You can also view profiles anonymously even if the other user is in invisible mode.
Although searching is free, with super powers, you can enjoy advanced profile searching and stand out among free users in your interests’ inboxes.
Badoo is available through their website Badoo.com and also have free downloadable applications for both IOS and Android users.
Before making an account and exploring Badoo, here are some positive and negative points about it.
First off, you can access several features like messaging and searching without having to pay for anything as Badoo uses the freemium model.
It is mostly secured. Through their verification process which includes the user’s phone number and link to other social media accounts, Badoo also makes sure that the owner of account is an actual person and is not a poser or faker. Spam messages are also less in this platform as they have the ‘two-message’ rule where if the recipient does not reply after two messages, one will be blocked as this shows lack of interest.
Third is the ease of use. Because of its social media approach to online dating, one will easily understand how the site and application works.
Badoo continuously strives to be the best online dating site in the world but it is undeniable that there are still negative points. This includes the pricing and the credits.
Badoo is pricey. It would require you to pay for most of its features. Credits are also needed for some actions in the app. Because of this, The Economist reported that only about 5% of Badoo users are paying for the premium subscription.
Overall, Badoo may be worth trying although you might want to explore its features first before considering on becoming a Badoo premium subscriber and purchasing credits. You’ll never know, you might not need the subscription to find the partner you are looking for.