Christina Gon­za­les rates the friendli­est apps she has tried.

ELLE (Canada) - - Connect -

★★★★ I’d be ac­tive on this. ★★★ Def­i­nitely worth a try. ★★ It could get bet­ter with time. ★ Wouldn’t rec­om­mend it.

HEy! VINa ★★★★

For net­work­ing one-on-one: You may not meet your per­fect bestie right away, but the range of women here is vast, match­ing is easy and you’ll learn some­thing new with ev­ery per­son you meet.

MEET My Dog ★★★★

For the doggy lovers: This app is more about your dog and less about you. (Each dog has its own pro­file and photo.) Con­nect with owners of other pups nearby and meet for a doggy date.

gIRl­cREw ★★★★

For those op­posed to apps: Girl­Crew is a Face­book group with chap­ters in over 40 cities, from Canada to Europe to Asia. Re­quest to join your city’s lo­cal Girl­Crew group on Face­book, where mem­bers ar­range dates rang­ing from nights out on the town to book clubs and ca­reer sem­i­nars.


For find­ing “your peo­ple”: You’re likely to find third-de­gree ac­quain­tances on this app thanks to its Face­book con­nec­tion. It can take a while to match, but when you do, re­la­tion­ships of­ten flour­ish be­cause matches are high-qual­ity— it’s easy to see if you have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.

gal­pal ★★★

For those who like group out­ings: This new Cana­dian app’s com­mu­nity man­agers or­ga­nize group meet­ings each week. All you have to do is show up. Keep in mind that Gal­pal is only in the soft-launch stage, which means that the vol­ume of women is slim and it’ll take a few months for it to rev up.

TIN­DER So­cIal ★★

For the sin­gle­tons: If you’re go­ing out with a group of friends who are on Tin­der, you can ac­ti­vate Tin­der So­cial and it matches your group with other groups of sin­gle­tons. The down­side? Even though you can opt to only use Tin­der So­cial when you down­load the app, it could be tricky to ex­plain it to your sig­nif­i­cant other.

BVDDy ★★

For those who love to be ac­tive: Meet fel­low snow­board­ers, run­ners, ultimate-Fris­bee play­ers or other sports lovers who want to get mov­ing with a friend. (Keep in mind that this is a co-ed app.) Un­for­tu­nately, Bvddy has seen slow growth in Canada and isn’t in most of our cities yet.

paTook ★

For those look­ing to spend pla­tonic time with both guys and girls: Patook’s founders built an au­to­matic “flirt de­tec­tor” into its al­go­rithm, mean­ing mes­sages deemed too flirty might not get de­liv­ered. The down­side is po­ten­tial friends seem to be too far away or in dif­fer­ent life stages.

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