10 Intro-Lines to Use on Bumble — Because You're Better Than 'Hey'

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You know that slight flush and those positive vibrations you feel when the “It’s a match!” screen appears when you're Bumbling? Whether you’ve been using Bumble for a couple years or a couple of days, that sensation never really goes away. And while the match is the critical first step to possibly meeting your new bae, it’s what comes next — your ice-breaking introduction line — that can make all the difference.

As original as we all like to think we are, the truth is that many of us rely on a few tried-and-true formulas to strike up a conversation with our matches. Since we’re never not working for you, we’ve been beta-testing some of the most common intro lines with real, eligible men to find out what kind of reactions they get. Take the best of the bunch for a spin, and report back with your hits (and even your misses)!

Slightly Better Than Just 'Hey'

Hey you!
Oh hey there!
Heyyyy

Some guys don’t need to be wowed with a truly unique intro line, and we like that. Quite a few guys were able to take the lead and fall into a great conversation when we initiated slightly flirtier, dressed up version of “Hey.”

The Dad Joke

Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two tired.
Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind, it’s tearable.
What did the bartender say to the ham sandwich? Sorry we don’t serve food here.

Want to sniff out your match’s sense of humor right away? Try a silly, totally cheesy dad joke as your introduction. We found that guys who responded well to dad jokes tended to be the goofy type, easy to engage with and on occasion, quick to come back with an equally bad joke.

The Thoughtfully Observant Comment 

Where’d you take that great skiing shot? I’m a totally snow bunny!
Looks like we have the same taste in music… Have you ever seen The National in concert?

The truth is, you can spend minutes of your day crafting an observant and clever comment about a guy’s profile photo or bio, but the effort doesn’t guarantee a response. Proceed at your own risk!

The Gif Greeting

Who doesn’t love a good gif? We found that these playful pictures garnered the most responses of any of the intros we tried. Most guys replied with a gif of their own, so just be sure you eventually start typing actual sentences!

The Game Challenge

Let’s play two truths and a lie, go!
Truth or dare, [insert name here]?

This kind of intro is great for starting an energized and playful conversation. Be prepared to engage with truths and a lie of your own, and compelling ideas for truth or dare!

The Quirky Question

How was your 2004?
What 90s song would be the title of your autobiography?

Feeling slightly esoteric? Challenge your match to come up with a clever response to a totally random question that tests his humor… And his proficiency in vintage music.

The Bold Compliment

You have the hair of a 90s TV heartthrob.
Nice tux—I like your style!

The problem with starting with a statement instead of a question, is that it can be hard for some guys to transition into a good back-and-forth conversation. You may have to take the lead, and follow up with questions of your own.

Emojis Only

You like a little mystery, don’t you? Engaging your match with just a few well-chosen emojis is a sure sign that even though you’re starting the conversation —he’s got some decoding to do.

The No Frills Intro

“Hi there [insert name here], how’s it going?”

Believe it or not, we had a lot of success with this straight-up no-frills introduction. This is the kind of question you might ask a guy in person, which makes it sort of a lay-up for him to answer via text.

The Direct-to-Date Ask

No time to waste? Know what you’re looking for? Don’t talk about it, be about it! Why not just cut to the chase and see if your match is game for a date right away? Tactics include the pizza and wine emojis followed by a question mark, or something breezy like, “Free for a drink tonight?”

This direct approach will attract a no-nonsense guy. In other words, someone who — like you — is ready to get out there, like, yesterday.

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