Desktop dating friends network
To be featured on the top of the site's or the app's navigation bar as a nearby contact, you have to buy credits.To activate "super powers" (which allow your messages to go to contacts more quickly, among other things), you either pay with credits or contacts: you can invite other users to Badoo and the service will check your social networks for matches if you authorize it to do so. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, and it's a reasonable business to be in.Even the part where you enter in interests, to match with other users, is relatively obscure.Then there's the revenue model: the service is free, but only to a point.
There is no concept of groups or networks of friends.
I was envisioning using Badoo to connect with cool people at crowded events like the Maker Faire, or maybe at industry conferences. Part 2: The low-down reality The initial impression I got when I signed to the service: man, this is creepy.
Immediately after signing on, with no photo or information in my profile, I was told that four women wanted to talk with me, one of whom was 382 miles away. I was a blank box with nothing but an age and a location.
Part 1: The high-minded theory Badoo is a social site, but it's no Facebook.
I would say my conversation with Andreev and Powell went well.