When one thinks of social networking sites, the very first name that comes to mind is Facebook. Of course, it is. Ever since it started it has come to define social networking in a very significant way. Everyone’s heard of Facebook and almost everyone is on Facebook.So what if we were to tell you, there’s a dark-horse contender slowly rising up the ranks? Most of us haven’t heard about the dating-focused, social networking site called Badoo but it might surprise you to know that it is actually a huge hit. It has about 120 million users and adds about 300,000 to its ranks every day.
Those are impressive numbers for a relative unknown in the social network industry. It was started in November 2006 as a simple photo-sharing site in Spain but by 2008 the site’s creator, a Russian by the name of Andrey Andreev, had rewritten the site’s purpose. It was now a website dedicated to helping you meet new people. The tagline on its sign-in page stating quite clearly, “Badoo is great for chatting, making friends, sharing interests, and even dating!“Unsurprisingly, it took off, gaining rapid success in Spain, France, Italy and Latin America while still being somewhat of a mystery in the States.