With our favourite dating app Badoo, you can chat, date and meet with more than 370 million people. It’s easy and you’ll wish you started the whole process sooner.
Join the largest social discovery network and make friends in your area, but before you get going, here are five handy hints for the dating app apprentice.
Badoo confirms every new user with a photo [Getty]
Post a picture of your actual face…
Keep it real (and don’t be a catfish!) With the dating app Badoo, you can choose to only chat with verified users.
Badoo confirms every user with a photo, via Facebook or even a call. We recommend asking for a live selfie when you start chatting so you can be sure you won’t be lured into a relationship by a fake.
Sure, a selfie is a good, close-up insight into your face, but keep it interesting. People are going to want to know a little more about you than just your perfectly plucked eyebrows and your duck pout.
And don’t hide behind four different layers of filters, no matter how tempting it is to make yourself look like you’ve just come back from somewhere exotic. That goes for those Snapchat face filters, too: you’re not a puppy or a kitten, or 12.
The secret to a good selfie? Go easy on the filters [Getty]
Try to offer an insight into what kind of things you like doing and slip in some full-body shots for variety. And keep it current – those five-year-old festival pics are a little out of date now.
You’re reeling in the matches and it’s time to engage with your catches. The ice has been broken and the conversation is in flow, but hold back on the good stuff.
Just reveal little insights about yourself to keep them interested. Considering you’ve just matched with this person, don’t barrage them with an information overload. Write what you would feel comfortable sharing with a stranger at a bar.
Don’t pin all your hopes on one person…
You might be getting on really well with someone on the app, but can they walk the walk as well as talk the talk?
In other words, will your keyboard warrior flake out if you’re wanting to take it to the next level? They might be completely different in a face-to-face conversation when they’re not hiding behind their phone.
Try to get two or three dates with different people lined up for a bit of variety. By doing so, if one doesn’t quite work out, at least you’ve got standbys.
Remember, your date may not be nearly as entertaining when you meet them face to face – so keep your options open [Getty]
This one might sound obvious, but if you’ve got someone you’ve never actually met before inviting you round to their place, it can be scary.
Just to be safe, try to meet in a bar or somewhere where there will be other people knocking about. If they’re worth your time, they’ll understand.
If you’re feeling a bit more impatient for some instant romance, Badoo’s People Nearby function finds the users closest to you, which is good for hooking up at clubs, gigs and festivals.
This article was produced in partnership with Badoo for ok.co.uk