Badoo. Surprisingly good, but with porn bots and fake profiles
Badoo Sign up – Better than I thought
So, let’s get to the point. I opened the website, entered my name, date of birth, city, gender, email, and password, and clicked “Sign up”. Then I uploaded a photo and linked my Badoo account to my Facebook account. That’s the whole story — all I had to do after this was verifying my profile.
Shit, it’s too easy to be true. Let’s hope the verification will be as fast as the registration… But I’m getting some real fucking concerns here.
The thing is, I heard that Badoo was a scam-free dating site (it turned out to be bullshit btw), so I expected it to have an ID verification. And this would’ve been fucked-up.
ID verification is bullshit, everyone knows it. Just think about it — since when sending your ID card to fuck-knows-who to create an account sounds like a good idea? What’s next, they’ll ask me to give them a damn DNA sample? I’m not paranoid, but I just hate it. But I’m not a naive idiot either — I understand that ID verification is probably the best thing they can do to provide a safe experience.
Good news is that Badoo uses a photo verification, which is probably the best option for those who don’t want to upload their ID cards. They showed me a gesture (it looked like the West Coast hand sign; Method Man wouldn’t like it). I took a photo with the same gesture, and in 1 minute I’ve got a notification that I’ve passed the verification. They said that no one would see this photo, and I hope was true, lol.
Damn, it was awesome. I didn’t have to wait, I just created an account and verified it. I’m not sure if it’s an AI-based or a hand-checked process, but it was almost as fast as a fucking Face ID on my iPhone. I liked it, really.
P.S. Webcam spoofing doesn’t work, folks. I know that some men tried it, but they were banned in 10-15 minutes, so don’t even try it.
Badoo Profiles search – worse than could’ve been
I’ve seen 1 Khaleesi here, just so you know. And dozens of fake profiles. “I want a big D” bio 2 or 3 times (well, at least it was honest). “I’m in a relationship” bio (so wtf are you doing here, you cheating bitch??!?). Several Russian-speaking porn bots and lots of Spanish-speaking porn bots. Transgender porn bots and bisexual porn bots are here as well. I’ve seen hundreds of porn bots here, actually. And another Khaleesi — none of these two Khaleesies were hot blondes, but I’m sure you’ll find dozens of them here (in case you’re a big GoT fan). I’m not sure if there are any GoT fans after the season finale, but still.
Empty and boring profiles are another problem. Alright, alright, it’s not necessary for a woman to write a bio — ’cause you know, men still write to them even if they have empty profiles. But come on, what the fuck am I supposed to write to the women with blank profiles?
That’s what I’m talking about. There are hundreds of profiles like this here
Well, actually, it’s not that bad. There were hundreds of nice girls near me, and I can’t say that 100% of these profiles were fake. 10-20%, I guess. 95% of the real women were not into hookups, so take this into account. If you’re looking for casual sex, Tinder may work better.
Badoo Search Filters
What I didn’t like about Badoo were its search filters. I can only search by gender, age, and radius here — so what should I do if I want to find a blonde 18-year-old Asian? I tried, but the closest I could get was 25 y.o. Hannah from San Diego, whose ancestors were Chinese immigrants. She was nice, but shit, I had to dig through hundreds of profiles to find her! It would’ve been MUCH more comfortable if Badoo had more advanced search filters. Right now, that’s just not what you expect from such a popular dating site.
P.S. Some women upload videos, and these videos can be fucking annoying. You want to see all the photos of a woman and then BOOM, a stupid loud song begins to play. Doesn’t sound like a big problem, does it? But not when it’s night time and your roommate is sleeping. So, use your headphones.
My experience with Badoo dating site – 9/10
Here comes the best part of the story: Badoo works. Yes, there are porn bots here, and yes, I’d like it much better if they’d have more search filters; but I had a chat with dozens of women and dated 5 or 6 of them — so this dating website works just as expected.
The main question I have is what the fuck is wrong with their free membership. I didn’t have any visitors during the first 24 hours, so I’ve decided to pay for a premium subscription. Voila — 5 minutes after, the situation looked like this:
Free account — 0 women for 24 hours. Premium account — 3 women for 5 minutes. Was it a coincidence? Well, I’m not the only one who noticed it, so it’s probably wasn’t. So, be ready to spend some money here — because if you don’t want to pay, no one will fucking see you!
How much does Badoo cost?
5 minutes after buying a premium account. 1 like, 3 visits (0/0 when I had a free account).
As you can see, the premium features are quite basic — paid users are ranked higher, they can undo their “No” votes, view the profiles invisibly, and have their messages read first. Sending and receiving messages is free, so it’s actually possible to arrange a date for free. But it’s not just about premium features, it’s much more about popularity — if you wanna get more messages and likes, a premium subscription is a must.
Especially since it’s so fucking cheap! I’ve tried a 1-day subscription first, and it was only $0.8. After that, I’ve bought a 1-month subscription, and it cost $13. Here are the prices:
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Tbh, such prices are a breath of fresh air — you pay less than $50 and forget about it for 6 months. Great work, Badoo. I’d almost forgotten about porn bots.
Badoo customer service and support – 4/10
Don’t get me wrong, the support team works well here — they answered my questions in 2 hours, so I don’t have any claims.
The problem is that email is the ONLY way you can contact them. No live chat, no toll-free phone number — if there is an urgent problem, you’ll have to wait for 1 or 2 hours. That’s what I wanted to see, and I’m sure that’s not what you wanted to see either. Shit. 4/10, Badoo, I’m sorry.
Why it’s still nice
Despite all the shit, Badoo is good. I had near 6 dates, and I’ve only had to pay $13 for this. Real dates are the key factor when it comes to choosing a dating site — and Badoo hasn’t disappointed me in this regard.
It’s not “omg it’s the best” dating site in the world. But if you are looking for something simple and cheap, Badoo will definitely work for you. Yes, there are lots of bots here, and yes, if you don’t pay you will hardly get visitors and likes. But it’s still good.