At the time of writing this review, Badoo had 350 million accounts created – I don't know about you, but that's a pretty impressive figure as far as I'm concerned! When you hit the homepage, you'll be asked for your gender, what you're looking for (chatting, friends or dating), your location and a few extra details to get you into the mix. Once inside, you'll notice that Badoo has a distinct 'social network' vibe about it. This place is like a second Facebook, and considering the fact that you can even log in using Facebook, it's easier than ever to find people in your area that are looking for a good time.
Like real estate, this place is all about location, location, location. Wherever you are in the world, Badoo will show you people that are close to you and wanting to communicate. You can also update your position at any time, so if you travel a lot, this tool is for you. Note that Badoo is 100% free to join, although the premium version of the mobile application is $2.99 – I think that's a pretty fair price in the grand scheme of things.
The design of the website is fantastic and going through all of the features it had really shows you how far dating platforms have come over the last 10 years. I'm confident that anyone wanting to find friends, a date or just someone to fuck will get on just fine here at Badoo. Hell, they even have a lookalike feature which allows you to find people who are similar to celebrities, so if you want to bang a doppelgänger of a famous actress, there's no better place!
- 350+ million users
- Great design
- Free to join
- Low privacy levels
- Freemium options
- Focused on young adults