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aking new friends as an adult is notoriously difficult, and Silicon Valley wants to help your sad, lonely self hack it. With Tinder Social — the app’s friend-making feature — being discontinued from the dating platform this past summer (“it became apparent that the feature as devised didn’t fit cleanly with our future direction,” the company said), other apps have stepped in to fill the void. With an emphasis on a fun-looking interface, the app is marketed as “tinder for (girl) Friends!
The Apple App Store recently put out a curated list of its top friend-making apps to “help you find your future BFF.” The chosen apps include now-classic social apps like Meetup, Mush for making mom-friends, along with the women-focused Hey! While I’m in no need of new friends — to quote Drake, “no new friends! As a millennial who’s used to making IRL connections through social apps like Twitter and Instagram, designated apps seemed like a cake walk. From those, I decided to try out the Bumble BFF feature in dating app Bumble, Hey! , and Atleto, geared at community working out to help get me to yoga. ” complete with introductions made through its founder and CEO, Olivia June Poole.
Whether it's because you've undergone a life transition that made you grow apart from old friends -- a relocation, a job change, a divorce, a marriage, becoming a parent -- or whether you've just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded (or worse, become toxic), you're never alone if you're looking to make new friendships.
She also notes that despite it being friendly, “Bumble BFF is unexpectedly as hard as meeting people on a regular dating app.” “In some ways, it’s even worse, because you get ‘ghosted’ by girls before even meeting a lot of the time, and wonder what it is you said wrong,” Lwin told me.
At the end of our friend-date, we planned to meet again for a group hang.
that the feature was something Bumble users had been asking for before it launched in March 2016.
“Having had success on the dating side of the app, many users wanted to replicate the experience for making friends,” Williamson el-Effendi says.This information was helpful to me while swiping through Hey! It also got me thinking about how exactly I’m deciding on a potential match’s viability.