Size of community
User interface quality
Cost and support
Launched in 2006, Badoo quickly became one of the largest relationship networks on the Web (in fact, it ranked 5th in 2012). Badoo is a general site that allows you to meet people for dating as well as to make new friends, to share your interests and have fun! Its member base consists of people mainly between the ages of 18 and 35 and over 100,000 people join Badoo worldwide everyday! More than 50 million chat messages are sent every day globally through Badoo. Badoo is focussed on making connections online and taking the friendship or relationship offline. This is what makes Badoo stand out from among the rest and encourages face-to-face, real-life interaction. Badoo is available in 41 different languages at the moment.
Each member can post articles, photos and videos on his/her personal page. Everyone can also alter who can access their full profile. Some features that are available include instant messaging and a homepage where you can see your friends’ posts. Another interesting feature is called “Encounters”. It is a bit like Tinder in that you go through a gallery of member photos and click like or dislike. This can allow you to quickly come into contact with
No members can see your exact location, however you can see people who are nearby that share your interests. Badoo is available on the computer and on mobile devices, which means that you can stay in touch wherever you go!
On Badoo, you can choose to only interact with verified members. Verified members verify their identity using at least two social media platforms (like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) or by phone number. This can make you feel a bit more confident that the people you’re talking to are real people.
Simplicity of the Interface
For this site, simplicity is a word that very nicely sums up the interface. The colourful interface is attractive and makes the pages look clear and straightforward while the features are simple and easy to use.
Signing up, browsing and searching profiles are all free and there is the option of premium services available to supplement and improve your experience using this site. The paid features just allow you to further your reach and take advantage of special features.
You require paid ‘credits’ in order to feature your profile, which means that it will show up more regularly in the “Encounters” section and you will more quickly find someone to chat to. You also require credits to send gifts to people you like and rise up in “people nearby” lists.
With the “Super Powers” membership package, you have some advantages like the ability to view profiles invisibly, have your messages read before everyone else’s (featured messaging) and find out who added you as a favourite. Here are the rates for this package:
– 1 week – £3.00
– 1 month – £9.99
– 3 months – £8.00 / month
– 6 months – £6.00 / month
– 12 months – £4.93 / month
VIP members are only matched with the most beautiful and popular members on Badoo, you will always be a featured Badoo member in the UK so will be viewed by every British member in addition to all the “Super Powers” features. Here is the rate for the VIP package:
– 1 month – £124.99
• Rapidity and simplicity of the interface
• Possibility to make friends
• Chat with people that share similar interests with you
• Can be difficult to meet someone for a serious relationship