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Also, none of these preferences stopped me from getting an influx of interest from people who lived in other states, which seems like a waste of both of our time since we can’t very well sesh together if you live in North Carolina.
I also found a lot of repeat profiles even after I’d swiped left on them, presumably because of a low number of users in my geographic area. There’s a browse feature where you can see usernames and pictures, then click on their profiles to learn more.
Even Facebook is dabbling with helping strangers connect at events through its “Discover People” feature and other options.
Plus, several startups are attempting mobile friend-making, as well, like Shapr, Patook and HEY! Party With’s differentiator from these efforts is its focus on events — specifically, nightlife.
Founder Dan Fennessy notes the app has outgrown being only for travelers, but poking around in the app, that seems to still be a top use-case.
To be fair, Party With isn’t exactly carving out new territory in online networking — it’s part of a growing trend.
There’s also a section to select what you’re looking for: age, gender, and relationship style.
These events are added by the app’s users, as the startup doesn’t yet have formal relationships with event organizers.A participant in Techstars Connection, which had its demo earlier this year, the app has grown to more than 170,000 users, Fennessy claims.It’s most popular in Amsterdam, New York and São Paulo at present, but is accessible worldwide.(And perhaps I’m just showing my age when expressing a desire to meet people in real life instead of through apps, as is the millennial way.) After all, a number of social networking companies are today exploring the idea that people are turning to mobile apps to make friends, not just find dates.
Tinder attempted to expand beyond dating with Tinder Social, while Bumble launched a friend-finding feature Bumble BFF as well as professional networking option, Bumble Bizz.However, it has tested working with brands, including Budweiser, Time Out, and Thrillist, among other alcohol brands, to help bring people to their sponsored events.When you first launch the app, you’re asked what kind of parties you like (e.g.clubbing, comedy, arcade, cocktails, dive bars, festivals, live music — or you can pick music genres like punk or jazz, etc. You can then fill out your profile further and browse the upcoming events in your current city or elsewhere, post your own event, explore the profiles of other users and chat, or post a “party status.” The latter is basically a shout-out about what you’re up for.