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Forget Tinder: New app lets you swipe for BFFs

Forget Tinder: New App Lets You Swipe For BFFs

Maybe you’ve already found your Prince(ess) Charming. Maybe you’ve got all the love and snuggles you can handle. Maybe what you’re really after is big dose of girl-power, BFF-worthy friendship.


Love is hard to find, but in today’s age it can almost seem like friendship is even more difficult to locate and it’s easy to get buried under work and family commitments without realizing you haven’t had a night off with friends in a while. And what if you don’t have a squad available on speed dial for those much-needed nights out?


Is there an app for that? Apparently, there is.


Former dating-app turned friendship-matching service Bumble now offers users a chance to swipe right for friendship.


In its self-described “BFF mode,” the app will block users of the opposite sex from contacting you, preventing misuse and breaking their rules of use.


Similar to other dating apps, the software will provide potential matches based on your location, age, and interests. Scan through your options, find a few potential BFFs, and plan a besties meetup!


Within the app, friendship conversations will appear in green while dating conversations will be yellow. While swiping left or right when looking for dates can be based purely on immediate physical attraction, users in search of platonic friendships are encouraged to keep an open mind and look beyond profile pictures.


The company’s CEO said that Bumble’s friendship mode is already incredibly popular, despite being less than two months old.


“We have an incredible user base, and so many of them were using this app to find friends. And they've been requesting a feature for -- 'Hey, I'm in a relationship, but I love Bumble. I still want to be able to use it,'" Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe recently said in an interview.


Whether you’re new to a city or your former tribe have moved away, Bumble’s BFF-mode is a dream come true for a generation of young professionals who rely on technology for every aspect of their lives.



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