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Bumble’s “Opening Moves” – How The New Feature Can Help You Get More Dates

Bumble has always billed itself as the superior alternative to Tinder because it puts female members in control of the communication process. Unfortunately, it took them several years and 80% of their stock value to find out that most women don’t want to feel like they are being forced to make the first move.  Now, Bumble is rolling out major updates to their app that could make a huge difference for both male and female users. 


Before we get any deeper, I want to be clear. When it comes to swipe apps, I still believe that Hinge is a much better app for making real connections than either Tinder or Bumble. With that said, the introduction of “Opening Moves” and “Compliments,” combined with a database filled with members who are more interested in a serious connection, makes Bumble a much better dating app for singles who want to try online dating, but aren’t looking for something as heavy as traditional dating apps like Match or eHarmony. 


What is Bumble’s Opening Moves?


One of the biggest challenges for Bumble users has always been communicating. Traditionally, two people would swipe right on each other, and then the female would have 24 hours to initiate contact with the male. If they didn’t, their connection would be severed. If you are a male, the only way you could extend the life of the match would be to pay a daily fee. This led to a couple of problems. Firstly, a ton of matches were getting canceled because women didn’t have the time to get back to them quickly enough. And, many women were being forced into the uncomfortable position of having to start a conversation when they would prefer that the man reach out to them first. 


With Opening Moves, Bumble has done away with the “ladies first” model in favor of a more guided version of what Tinder offers. On Tinder, anyone can start the conversation once the match is created. On Bumble, you can now do the same, but only if you are willing to respond to someone’s opening move. While both men and women have access to setting an opening move, the new feature was mainly designed to take the pressure off of female members.


There are two ways to set your opening move: 

  1. You can write your own. If you have something specific you want people to talk about, or none of the existing opening moves fit your personality, you can create your own question. Just keep in mind that it can’t be longer than 160 characters. 
  2. If you don’t feel like writing your own answer, you can pick from one of the thirteen canned “opening moves” that Bumble provides: 
  • What’s the most iconic first date idea you can think of?
  • What’s one song you hope you never have to hear again?
  • What TV show would you be a main character in?
  • What’s your dream vacation destination?
  • What’s your karaoke song?
  • What’s something I wouldn’t know from your profile?
  • Who’s your dream dinner party guest (real or fictional)?
  • What’s the next thing you’re looking forward to?
  • What’s your ideal first date?
  • What’s the last thing that made you smile?
  • What are your green and red flags?
  • What does your perfect weekend look like?
  • How many episodes of a series is acceptable to watch in one sitting?


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How to Send A Message On Bumble Without Having To Wait For A Match

The Opening Move feature might be a good way to start a conversation, but you still have to wait until you match with someone. If you are tired of waiting for someone to swipe right on you, you can jump the line with Bumble’s “Compliments” feature. Much like Hinge’s messaging system, “Compliments” allows you to send a message attached to any specific photo or piece of text in someone’s profile. However, unlike Hinge, Bumble charges a ridiculous amount for the privilege. Compliments are available in a series of packs. Here is the cost breakdown:

  • 2 compliments = $18 ($9 per message)
  • 5 compliments = $35 ($7 per message)
  • 15 compliments = $65.55 ($4.67 per message)
  • 30 compliments = $100 ($3.34 per message)

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I’m not going to deny that having the ability to send a message before a match is made can be a huge advantage. However, it doesn’t guarantee a date or even a response. If you are going to start reaching out to people with the compliment feature, make sure you use the feature responsibly, and make sure that you are sending the kind of messages that are more likely to get you a response. 

In the end, the Opening Moves and Compliments features are good tools that have the potential to help you connect with more matches and go on better dates. However, none of that means anything if you don’t have a great Bumble profile or photos. If you already have a profile, we want to give you a free profile assessment to let you know if you are putting your best foot forward, or just putting your foot in your mouth.

If you need help creating a new profile, you can check out all of our dating profile writing and online dating coach services.  If you have questions or want more information, you can always give us a call at 888-447-7634 or email us HERE. You only get one chance to make a great first impression. On swipe apps like Bumble and Tinder, that means you have as little as .4 seconds to grab someone’s attention. Let us help you start meeting the kind of people you want to date.





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