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Introducing the Tinder of female friendships


tinder_friendship2How many times have you wanted to say hi to the cool girl who takes all the same fitness classes you do? Or wished you could try out a new vegan sushi spot with someone who wasn’t going to try to lean in for a kiss after?

Well now, whether you’re looking for a workout-and-get-smoothies-after buddy or a totally platonic Netflix-and-chill bestie, there’s an app for that: Hey! VINA wants to be the Tinder of friendships.

“We built this app to solve for our own needs as women who have moved, traveled, changed careers, and shifted lifestyles and life stages,” Hey! VINA co-founder and CEO Olivia June Poole told Fast Company. “Through our adult lives, we go a lot of places that our existing friendships don’t always support, and it becomes time to expand our circles.”

The app, which launched this week, uses the same principles as Tinder, OKCupid, and other matchmaking services—but it’s not for meeting romantic partners, and it’s for women only.

After creating a profile and filling out a six-question quiz about your personality traits and preferences (coffee vs. wine, for example), you can start to search for like-minded ladies in your area. (For those who worry about stranger danger, you are required to connect to your Facebook and Hey! VIVA account—as an added bonus, that means you can see if you have any mutual Facebook friends in common.)

Hey! VINA is currently available in San Francisco and New York, and Poole expects more cities to be added soon.

This is one case in which your online relationships can turn into IRL ones—and studies say strong relationships equal a healthier life. So get swiping and happy bonding. —Alison Feller

What to do with your new pal? How about this SLT-Fhitting Room workout mashup that’s made for two people.

(Photo: Ian Schneider/Stocksnap.io)