It's socially acceptable to ask a guy for his number, but when it comes to meeting new female friends, the rules are much more complex. If you've ever wanted to chat to that cool girl in your yoga class or grab a latte with that coffee shop regular, there's an app for that. Hey! VINA launched this week and is set to revolutionize the way we meet new friends.
Touted as Tinder for friendships, Hey! VINA aims to connect women with similar interests, without the awkward romantic subtext. "We built this app to solve for our own needs as women who have moved, traveled, changed careers, and shifted lifestyles and life stages," Hey! VINA co-founder and CEO June Poole told Fast Company.
The idea was born when Poole moved to San Francisco and struggled to meet new people. She joined OkCupid and messaged some women who appeared to have similar values and personalities. Despite being met with some awkward replies, Poole says she found other women had also tried to use the platform for friendship, and the app was born.
Here's how it works: Similar to Tinder, you create a profile and link it to your Facebook account. You'll be asked some quick questions, like "Who is your sitcom BFF?" and "Coffee vs. wine?" Then you can start searching profiles. You'll only be shown other women with a one degree of separation from your Facebook friends, so there should always be a mutual connection. If you both swipe right, you'll be able to chat and meet for coffee (or wine)!
"The goal is for the app to work as an introduction tool, an easy way to step into a new place or new part of your life and easily find new friends who are similar to you," says Poole. She hopes it'll take a lot of the awkwardness and guesswork out of meeting new people.
Hey! VINA is now available for women living in San Francisco and New York, with other cities set to be rolled out later in the year.
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