Badoo is a social network for users who are interested in meeting other people from all over the world. The site covers an immense geographic area and is available in over 20 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Polish and Russian. The site also boasts a large user base, with over 120,624,720 users registered. Users can build a personal profile with an image, age, online status, location and chat feature that lets users instant message one another through the site.
Badoo is unlike the other social networking websites that exist in the web world. Badoo does not contain any advertisements in any part of its website. It generates its revenue through its Rise Up feature that it has introduced. According to the Rise Up facility a user is required to pay a certain amount to offer their profile more prominence and place it on the top of the Badoo search list.
Badoo.com was initially launched in May 2003; however it was re-launched in September 2007. At the time when Badoo was re-launched with upgraded features and numerous interesting options. The basic idea behind introducing Badoo was to create a social site that would allow the people to break all shackles and get in touch with those living on the other end of the globe.
Today Badoo has over 14 million registered users and it ranks among the top 100 visited sites available on the net.
The features found on Badoo are not terribly unique and are often found with other social networks and dating websites. What makes Badoo appealing to some is the scope of its user community. Millions of users from all over the globe have created profiles on Badoo. The site provides users with a way to share information about themselves as well as ways to communicate with other users and possibly form friendships or dating relationships.
Badoo has a very fun, upbeat design that encourages a generally positive attitude throughout the site. The colorful logo features playful letters in varying sizes in blue, orange, red and green. The site’s header uses a similar color scheme with light circles, reminiscent of party lights against a black background. User profiles feature an image in the top, left hand corner with online status, age and location information to the right.
A new user can join the Badoo community as soon as they arrive on the homepage. A green box containing the registration form is presented along the right hand side of the homepage. At the top of the box, the user can click a blue and white “Sign in with Facebook” button to register with their Facebook account. Those who prefer to create a new account can enter their email address, first name, date of birth, gender and city location. Links are also available below the Facebook button to log in with Yahoo, Google or MSN credentials.
Badoo welcomes all users for free. Users can log in however they like and return as often as they want to search for more possible matches or friendships on Badoo. This free access makes the application an enticing option, and has most likely contributed significantly to the immense size of the Badoo user community. Badoo generates income through a "Rise Up" feature which allows users to pay a small amount to have their profile given more prominence in the network for a limited time.
Badoo.com is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in meeting new people in their neighborhood or abroad. The application covers an enormous geographic area and includes a huge community of potential matches for anyone looking for a date or friendship.