What makes Bumble different from other dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid, though, is its focus on giving women all the power.Men using Bumble can swipe through the app and to find matches, but they can't initiate conversations.Aping a provincial nightclub, women are granted full use of the site free of charge, while men have to pay. I can’t help but wonder why he didn’t just sign up for the Affair Guarantee Package of 2,000 credits at a reasonable £229.80.While I um and ah about forking out another wedge, the messages start to arrive.Avid Life Media, the site’s parent company, is yet to announce a course of action.
Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.”For now, the site is still charging, apparently banking on the impulsivity that drives online gambling. A message pops up “hi can give you a strip show right now… ” I am directed to a live webcam site but with one eye on my expenses claim, I decide to call it a day and let the flood of red-lip emojis cascade over me.But they are outnumbered by a second group of twentysomethings who are just as straightforward.“A sugar daddy,” comes one succinct response to my introductory question. The site invites me to spend it at every turn, and users were even charged £15 to delete their profile prior to the hack.One downside is that Bumble only lets you pick from two gender options at the moment.For those who identify with a different label, or prefer not to identify their gender at all, Bumble doesn't provide that option yet.Priming myself not to lie or deceive, I set up a profile.I hit the first hurdle when both usernames Naughty Boy88 and Naughty Boy1988 are taken. Have An Affair.” That is what I have spent the last three days trying to do.Millions of adulterous users of the website Ashley Madison – which bills itself as a dating site for married people – have spent this week worrying about having their membership and their cheating secrets revealed after a group calling itself Impact Team hacked into their profiles.Some commentators have rejoiced in what they see as a deserved comeuppance for those who have been indulging in digital infidelity, while others argue the users are victims of a grave breach of privacy.While it has been assumed that the scandal would sound the site’s death knell, it has also generated a vast amount of free publicity – and led even those of us who would never dream of cheating, less still giving away our personal details to a website to do so, wondering what it would be like to enter an online den of marital cheaters.