Actually, the entire sign-on process tells you a different story than the one the CEO and CMO told me. About the only question you need to answer to get active on the service is if you want to meet a girl or a guy (or both) and their age.
Ellie (20, Northampton): You can usually tell when someone is copypasting a message because there is never anything specific in what they’ve said, or if it’s just a compliment on your appearance, it’s probably been said exactly to another girl.
Also, they don’t really pick up on key parts of dialogue, so you know they’re not really reading what you’ve put.
Other features require payment, too, and you can't do much before you bump into pay-me blocks. A site that's similar in some ways, How About We, feels more platonic than Badoo. There is, after all, one thing that people will always want, and one way or another, pay for.
And I do respect Powell's assertion that in Silicon Valley we tend to like the sterile, or as she put it, "desexified" product.
These are both very interesting numbers for an online connection service.