• Bristlr: a dating app for bearded men and the women who love them Wiith co-founder Jeff Hodnett told Tech Cruch that he believed Meetup is “too rigid” for more natural, spontaneous get-togethers.It’s here where the app’s likeness to Tinder becomes starkly apparent.The new model is apparently more fluid, loose, and appears to favour randomness – all things young people enjoy.Either way, you wouldn't be in the minority of adults if you sometimes wished for a new friend or two to enter your life.After school and university – both moveable feasts of friend-making opportunities – men in particular often forget how to make close buddies.There’s Skout, which brands itself as more of a friend app but has morphed into more of a dating landscape.Peoplehunt exists, too, although it is now mainly a tool for finding others who might be able to help you with something (language exchange classes are popular on the format).Striking up a friendly rapport with a newcomer becomes the exception, not the norm. These days, there are apps for pretty much anything, from getting a cleaner in after a party to chartering a private jet and booking a massage. ‘Wiith’, a new San Francisco-based app, is designed to buddy you up with people looking for buddies. No romance, no sex, just pure, unadulterated friendship. The premise is simple: if you’re new to a city, or just want to meet someone new, the app connects you with like-minded others inside a set radius.
Youcef actually approved my coming along, and as I write this very sentence has just pinged me to say ‘hey’. A fresh dating app seems to spring up every month, and friendship platforms are following suit – today, the young, mobile generation appreciates the practicality and instantaneous nature of forming relationships by scrolling through pictures and sending a few messages.
With that in mind, Wiith already has a few similar models to compete with.