How do you make friends in a new city? As a student, it’s pretty easy: you just go to a few “freshers parties” and you meet tons of people. But as an adult, it’s another story, right?
To address this problem, a few days ago tech entrepreneurs Olivia June Poole and Jen Aprahamian launched a new app only for ladies, to make it easier to find new friends as a grown-up. Sorry lads, this isn’t another Tinder.
The recipe however, is somewhat similar: firstly, new users take on an introductory quiz to provide data about their lifestyle and personal interests. With the answers in the bag, an algorithm comes into play and blends them with geographical proximity and possible existing mutual friendships, to source compatible personalities. All you need to do then, is start chatting!
Over time, new short quizzes will pop up, in order to fuel fresh info to the algorithm, for better matching: the more you use the app, the more likely you are to find a truly great platonic relationship. The benefit is obvious for users, but so it is for the app, as it is one way to insure user-retention. Clever, isn’t it?
That’s not the end of it though. The two founders are also working on an Artificial Intelligence engine to suggest activities to do, based on shared interests. This is designed to avoid the conversation falling flat once the time comes to choose a location to meet offline.
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While the concept “an app to make friends” is questionable, Poole told TheAtlantic that demand for Hey! VINA is “unsurpringly, but excitingly, high“. So, ladies, knowing that your new best girlfriend is just a swipe away, would you be ready to give it a try?
At the time of writing, the app is only available on iOS and active in New York, San Francisco & Los Angeles.
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