Having a chat service that enables others to peek in on your conversations may seem controversial to some. But Spanish startup Boompi has nonetheless pressed forward with a dating platform that seems to be more oriented towards keeping male users on their best behavior as they speak to female users, as you do not necessarily know who will be reading in on the conversations you have.
Getting started with Boompi requires a Facebook account, in order to verify the user’s gender, and uses the location tool on your photo to bring up potential matches from your area. From there, the service takes a feature that has gained popularity on dating apps (among other services), which is the ability to swipe through potential matches, and adds a traditional chat tool and “swipe history”, as well as incorporates features that allows female users to add their friends to the conversation, share male profiles with their friends, or enter “ghost mode”, which enables them to use the app while remaining invisible to, and unable to see, male users.
Boompi has taken a different approach to swiping, requiring users to swipe up for profiles that they find intriguing and down for the ones that do not. If you mistakenly swipe away an interesting profile, it is possible to go back and change it, although not vice versa. If two users declare mutual interest through their swipes, they will require a notification and can get to chatting. And then, if it appears that things do not go well as you initially hoped and you want to end your interaction with the person, you simply delete the chat window.
Boompi has thus far released apps for iOS and Android, with the latter maintaining a rating of 3.6 stars (out of 5) from 82 reviewers. The startup declined to tell me about their monetization plans, but does state that their app is free and always will be.
Boompi only launched a few weeks ago, so they are tight-lipped at the moment regarding information about the number of users they have pulled in and their investors. We can tell that their Android app has been downloaded at least 1,000 times, however.