Examples of Conversation Starters: Good Bumble Profile Prompts For Your Dating Profile, Questions to Ask & How To Respond, Answer Them. Tips for Men and Women.

As an online dating photographer in San Francisco, I have reviewed and improved countless dating profiles, photos and bios over the years. While photos (particularly your main profile photo) will have the single biggest impact on your dating success, bios and questions should not be ignored.

An incomplete bio or one-worded answers to questions can signal lack of effort, creativity or sincerity. If you are serious about meeting quality people, don’t skimp on your questions and answers. Creativity and humor are excellent ways to separate you from the masses. Sarcasm can seem cliche and be taken as a way to shy away from being original or putting out an unpopular opinion.

A good profile prompt on Bumble can inspire good creative answers as well as responses from potential suitors. An unpopular opinion can stir up good conversation and banter while a bad prompt and answer can offset your good photos. A good prompt can invite an opening to be random, quirky, unique, insightful, bold, humble if done correctly.

Bumble offers many different prompts to users on the app. Some are easier to find than others while new ones are released over time. Here are some of my favorite questions to use on your profile that allow for creativity, randomness, controversy, insightfulness and personality. 

Click on the prompts below to see why I recommend each one and how to answer each prompt.

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Two Truths, One Lie-

A rather safe prompt that can be silly, lame or truly interesting. The best answers are ones that are truly hard to figure out AND are not weird, cliche, uninteresting, dangerous, reckless, hateful or horrible. A balance of self-deprecating humor, cringeworthy trends, amazing experience all are good ways to make the most out of this prompt.

Most Recent Act of Kindness -

A great way to provide a humble brag. The problem here is that most people are not so humble nor is the act of kindness that kind. Think carefully about this one and balance being insightful and leaving a little left to be discussed in person.

Beach or Mountains -

Don’t just list one answer. Don’t say both. Definitely don’t say neither. Provide some examples of why you prefer one of the other and provide some of your favorite places, experiences or views. 

Nightclub or Netflix –

Answers to either or questions don’t have to answered using either or. Providing situational preferences, in between answers or commenting on why you prefer one of the other can provide some insight. Again, being specific with examples helps here.

If I Could Have Only Three Things On A Deserted Island –

Open ended questions like this provide a great canvas for being creative. Being strategic and/or self-deprecating are ways to show people about you state of mind.

If I Could Donate A Million Dollars, It'd Be To –

A prompt like this can share a cause you are passionate about, what you prioritize in life or what you would do if money was not an issue for you. Questions like this can spark a great conversation where you can learn the most about people rather quickly. Don’t take this for granted.

My Favorite Quality In A Person –

Prompts and corresponding answers are my favorite. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they answer a question like this. Lists, one-worded answers don’t reveal anything. A great answer can really impress your date.

I cannot provide exact examples here because people will just copy and paste it diluting the uniqueness and effectiveness. Only select clients will be given suggestions to use one my favorite prompts like this.

I'm Most Grateful For –

This prompt provides an opening for users to open up about the important things in their lives. It also provides an opportunity to show how vain or trivial they are about mundane interests.

I cannot provide exact examples here because people will just copy and paste it diluting the uniqueness and effectiveness. Only select clients will be given suggestions to use one my favorite prompts like this.

My Ideal Night Out –

This provides a glimpse about what you think a good date can be. Providing a range of options can show your interests, hobbies and lifestyle as well as your insight into creativity for date planning (places, hidden gems etc.).


As many good prompts that exist on Hinge there are also also some questions you want to be careful of. Answering a certain way can sabotage your profile or make you seem not so interesting, weird, or creepy. Here are some questions and the ways they can go wrong quickly.

Click on each prompt to see why they can self-sabotage your efforts in online dating.

If I Had An Extra Hour In The Day I Would –

Listing something like laundry or gym is pretty unoriginal and lazy. It suggests you either don’t enough laundry or are out of shape. Give this some thought to spark some discussion when you meet on your date.

We’ll get along if –

Boiling down compatibility to one trait, hobby, passion, interest is a bit overly eager and presumptuous. Also, matching on one trait is a bad way to filter dates. They are great to have in common but relying on them for defining traits is not recommended for relationships.

My Go-To Song Is –

Chances are millions of other people have the same answer. Would you date all million such people because you have one thing in common? Don’t waste your prompts on this.

If I Could Only Eat One Dish The Rest Of My Life It Would Be –

One worded, generic answers are boring. Specific items from specific places near or far can spark an common interest and lead to a conversation about travel, cuisines, experiences and more.

Perfect First Date

There is no such thing. Also, saying one that leads to a second date or one where we both lose track of time is super cliche and a sign you can’t come up with a unique idea.

My Pet Peeve Is -

Most experts will say to avoid sounding negative in dating profiles and I typically tend to agree but using this to introduce a playful yet thoughtful unpopular opinion might be enough to connect your unique mindsets.

The Three Things That Make A Relationship Great Are -

This seems like an easy and safe prompt but many people self-sabotage their profiles by not taking this serious or taking things too serious. A blend of humor and brutal honesty can help you avoid this.

My Greatest Travel Story

The best travel stories typically are best told in person. When trying to communicate such stories on dating apps, they either don’t sound that interesting, epic or lack the punch that in person storytelling provides.

About Eddie Hernandez 

Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/

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