Websites for friendship and dating

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Bumble, the app where women make the first move in heterosexual matching and either person can make the first move with same-sex matching. It has to be done within 24 hours or else the match disappears. Have a dog and want to meet other dog-owners, and not just at the dog park or randomly on the street? On your profile, you tell fellow users about yourself and your dog, posting pictures of you both.

(I happen to be a big fan, as I met my boyfriend on it.) A few months ago, the app launched Bumble BFF, so those of us looking for a BFF, or maybe just some friends, can go on and find some. Last year, I relocated for family reasons, leaving most of my friends back in L. When you’re at a certain dog park, you can check in so all your new app friends now and you can have a play date, of sorts.

These days, there seem to be apps for everything — dating, adventure-seekers, and book-lovers. Perhaps you’ve tried Meetup groups, but they’re too intimidating or have too many members — you just want something more low-key.

And, yes, you can “befriend” people on dating apps, but if the initial intent was to date, a “friend” from there may have ulterior motives.

Have you always wanted an app to meet fellow athletes and sports-lovers? Whether you want to find a running buddy — working out’s easier when you have a friend or person to hold you accountable, right?

So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends, the apps below can help.

ICYMI, the older you get, the more some of your lifelong friends get busy with other life things, like getting married, having kids, or moving across the country. You are, too, though you may lose touch with them or see them less as your lives go different directions — even though you don’t want to replace them, per se, you also don’t want to stay inside alone… Luckily, with a lot of the apps below, you can tailor them to your needs, whether you want to find a group of friends to go out with last-minute (via Tinder Social), fellow athletes to organize a beach volleyball game (via ATLETO), or find a new best friend (via Bumble BFF). The app launched Tinder Social, which allows users to form groups of friends (same-sex or co-ed, whichever you prefer) to match and meet up with other people’s groups of friends. If you’re no longer on Tinder — i.e., you met someone — you can rejoin just for the new “social” aspect.

Oh, and instead of a bio, you describe yourself via three emojis (and you can still write a bio if you so choose) — which is awesome and so 2016.

Do you and a couple friends want to meet some new people IRL? When you log onto CLIQ, you can then match with another group of friends.

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