How do I bumble? FB coordination edition
November 21, 2016 12:09 AM   Subscribe

I decided to try Bumble, but I wasn't sure whether it would be posting things to my Facebook, or drawing unwanted information into my dating profile. So I created a fake facebook with a fake name to try it out. Now I can't undo that. Use fake FB profile or undo it somehow?

The first thing I noticed was that my facebook profile's first name was going to be displayed front-and-center on my Bumble profile. I wasn't expecting that; after seeing that I wondered if it would seem sketchy to others to find that my actual first name wasn't the same was Bumble showed it to be.

So I thought, okay, I will try Bumble with my actual real personal facebook account. But now, any time I try to start using the Bumble app on iOS (10.1.1), it will only use the fake account that I created just to try out Bumble.

* How can I clear all the Bumble data and start afresh with my actual FB account? I have tried deleting and reinstalling the app, which said it would delete all of the app's data, but when I reinstalled it, my fake account data was still there.

* How bad is it to use Bumble with a fake name? I'm assuming that most people on Bumble expect a person with such-and-such a name on their Bumble profile to actually go by that name in real life.

* Any other thoughts on how to use Bumble as a complete newbie? I'm pretty experienced with OkCupid. How do Bumble profiles compare to OkCupid profiles when it comes to depth of information and style?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (7 answers total)
I don't know how to wipe your profile, but as to Bumble itself, it's closer to Tinder than OKC. When I used it, every woman my age was a CEO or something, which made it seem like the only people on there were friends of the company or something, 42 year old VC-adjacent retirees. I deleted it when they popped up a notification on my phone about the election or some non-dating crap like that.
posted by rhizome at 12:20 AM on November 21, 2016

All of my 20something co-workers use bumble (in Boston) and reportedly love it much more than Tinder. Try deleting the app from your phone and reinstalling?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:26 AM on November 21, 2016

Great you literally said you tried that. There usually is a log-out option in apps like this though hidden.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:27 AM on November 21, 2016

In case other advice doesn't work: are there file explorer apps for ios? I know that on android apps can store their data in a few different folders, some of which are not deleted automatically when you uninstall. You might be able to use a file manager/explorer to look for any user-deletable bumble folders left behind. There might also possibly be an option in the settings menu to clear out bumble's data and cache (after reinstallation).
posted by trig at 4:54 AM on November 21, 2016

Have you tried deleting the false FB account and reinstalling Bumble?
posted by aqsakal at 5:17 AM on November 21, 2016

Delete your Bumble account (in the settings menu), uninstall app, start fresh.
posted by metasarah at 5:20 AM on November 21, 2016

You can deauthorize Bumble as an app from the fake Facebook account. The next time you launch Bumble, it will ask you to re-authorize and you can change the associated Facebook account.
posted by telegraph at 6:50 AM on November 21, 2016

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