Local friend finder
The new version of Party With is available as a free download on the App Store. There are 21 million Google hits for “cannabis and dating,” cannabis-friendly dating services are offered by coaches like Molly Peckler, and if you’re technologically inclined — there’s an app for that. In the age of cell phones, it makes sense that singles would want a streamlined way to find prospective partners with similar interests.Having just returned from an overseas vacation where I “partied with” a number of locals met spontaneously while out at concerts, bars and other events, I can’t quite wrap my head around the need for a dedicated app for travelers wanting to meet locals to hang out with — doesn’t this just happen naturally?But that, at least in part, is the premise behind today’s official launch of Party With, a revamped version of the app previously known as Party with a Local.Like Tinder (and most other dating apps at this point) it has the swipe left/right option when viewing profiles.It shows the user’s photo, name, distance from you, and their preferences.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.
For the last two, it’s a checkbox system, so you can select all that apply.You can also share physical details (height, eye color, hair color, body type), as well as religion, language, education, and so on.It’s definitely the best app for creating a thorough profile.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.(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.The profile features on this one were the best of the three.The basic profile includes space for a headline, about me, about my match, hobbies and interests, and even a first date idea, which is unique and interesting.Each user has three areas where they can share their current needs: This is all pretty useful data for finding people to sesh with, but doesn’t give me much to go on in terms of how they’d work out as a partner.One might argue that even mainstream dating apps run into the same problem, but I am one of those stubborn people who won’t swipe right on a blank profile no matter how sexy the pictures.