The world feels much smaller than it used to. Social networking means you can be regularly in contact with people on the other side of the world. But it can also feel like a much lonelier place, too, with it being hard to cultivate local relationships. Sure, you can sign up to a dating app or site, but what if you just want to make new friends?
Here’s a selection of 10 great apps for doing just that:
1. Facebook (Free)
Facebook is a popular social-networking site (and app) where users connect with people of their choosing — either privately or publicly — and post pictures, text, or videos. Users also can play games, watch videos, decorate their pages, post and tag photos, share favorite product information, “like” favorite celebrities and social causes, live-stream video with Facebook Live, connect with goods and services, and live-chat via Messenger, an app that is integrated with Facebook.
2. Instagram (Free)
Instagram is a popular platform for instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects and sharing them across a number of social media platforms. The terms specify that users should be at least 13 years old and should not post partially nude or sexually suggestive photos but do not prohibit the portrayal of violence, swear words, or drugs. Users can flag photos for review, but mature content still appears in some photos and in the comment sections. Photos shared in Instagram are public and may have location information unless privacy settings are adjusted. Also, it’s possible to save other users’ photos. Instagram Direct allows users to send private photos directly to other users.
Meetup works across thousands of cities. Its aim is to help bring together groups of people that have common interests. By signing up, you can immediately check out what your local area has to offer. Whether it’s simply a group full of people of a similar age, or a keen bunch of tech or fitness fans, there should be something for you.
Meetup is massive and it continues to expand. There are now 105,000 local Groups in 45,000 cities across the world. 340,000 Meetups happen monthly across 117,000 topics, and the site now has 11.1 million members. For low-key, social dating, Meetup is well worth a try.
4. MeetMe (Free)
MeetMe offers over 100 million people chatting, covering all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. In which case, you should be able to find someone who shares your interests. You can start the conversation via a form of status update giving people an insight into your life, before delving further into things and maybe even making a new friend.
5. Girlsaskguys (Free)
GirlsAskGuys is a digital community meant to close the gap between genders by bringing them together to help each other. Women and men discuss lifestyle issues such as dating, relationships, fashion, and health by sharing their experiences and opinions to help the opposite sex understand their own.