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34 Ways to Make New Friends

From Friendship-Forming Benches to Teamwork Vending Machines

— September 3, 2014 — Life-Stages
Whether you're celebrating Internet Friend Day or nervously thinking up ways to make new friends for the first day of school, these ideas are bound to help some new friendships form. Especially since there are a lot of people who would rather stare at the screens of their phones than interact with another person, many of these campaigns are targeted to get people talking or working together. With things like bracelets, bottle caps and apps to help break the ice, it's a lot easier to generate a conversation.

To put friendships to the test, there are great apps like 'Say the Same Thing,' or pranks that you can stage like Carlsberg's, which proves just how far one friend is willing to go for their companion.
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Food-Based Networking Apps
Food-Based Networking Apps
This App Encourages Users to Dine with Strangers
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Social Virtual Reality Platforms
Social Virtual Reality Platforms
Oculus Social Lets You Join Friends in Virtual Reality
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Professional Play Date Services
Professional Play Date Services
Floh Gives Socialites a Non-Awkward Way to Make Friends
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Friendship-Testing Apps
Friendship-Testing Apps
'Say the Same Thing' App is Played Until Two People Say the Same Word
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Multi-Office Networking Apps
Multi-Office Networking Apps
The Biru-Tomo App Helps Connect Friends Within Office Buildings
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Male-Targeted Hookup Apps
Male-Targeted Hookup Apps
The BRO App is Designed for Straight Men Looking for Companionship
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Matchmaking Travel Apps
Matchmaking Travel Apps
Friendship App Rendezwho Matches You With One Person Anywhere In the World
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Prearranged Group Dating Services
Prearranged Group Dating Services
Grouper is a Group Dating Site That Arranges a Fun Night Out
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26
Colleague Comparing Apps
Colleague Comparing Apps
The Knozen App Allows You to Rate Your Co-Workers
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Friend-Finding Technology
Friend-Finding Technology
The Highlight Social Discovery App Makes Finding New Pals a Snap
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Catty Social Networking Apps
Catty Social Networking Apps
The MeowChat App Combines Social Networking, Dating and Cartoon Cats
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Group Date Matchmaking Apps
Group Date Matchmaking Apps
Smeeters Helps Arrange "Explosive" Meetings Between Groups of Friends
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Travel Networking Apps
Travel Networking Apps
The 'Mesmo' App Helps Travelers Build Connections Based on Common Interests
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LGBT Friendship Sites
LGBT Friendship Sites
This Matchmaking Website Pairs Straight Women with Gay Men
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Location-Based Social Chat Apps
Location-Based Social Chat Apps
Skout is a Mobile App for Expanding One's Social Circle
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Digital Friendship Devices
Digital Friendship Devices
MagnetU Uses Your Online Interests to Help You Meet Real-World Friends
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Effacing Social Apps
Effacing Social Apps
Sobrr Encourages Living in the Moment by Deleting Content After 24 Hours
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Friendship-Focused Social Updates
Friendship-Focused Social Updates
'Share a Tweet' Campaign Splits 140 Characters Between Friends
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Friendship-Forming Apps
Friendship-Forming Apps
The 'Bumble BFF' App Helps Dating App Users Make New Friends
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Female Friendship Platforms
Female Friendship Platforms
Yes New Friends is a Toronto-Based Matchmaking Service for Women
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Cooperative Bottle Caps
Cooperative Bottle Caps
This Coca Cola Happiness Campaign Requires Two to Open a Coke
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13
Friend-Making Festival Bracelets
Friend-Making Festival Bracelets
The Tomorrowland Music Festival Bands Create New Facebook Friends
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12
Startup Networking Apps
Startup Networking Apps
Lunchcruit Builds Professional Connections Through Sit-Down Meals
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Casual Friendship Apps
Casual Friendship Apps
The Wiith App is a Tinder-Inspired platform for making new friends
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Secret Social Chat Apps
Secret Social Chat Apps
This Exclusive Social Network App Only Works In Applebee's Restaurants
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Online Friendship-Testing Stunts
Online Friendship-Testing Stunts
Greg Benson Goes Out to Visit His Real Life Facebook Friends
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Friendship-Forming Benches
Friendship-Forming Benches
An 8 Year-Old Boy Creates Buddy Bench for Lonely Classmates
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Teamwork Vending Machines
Teamwork Vending Machines
The Coca-Cola Friendship Machine Rewards Amiability With Double the Pop
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Friendship-Testing Beer Ads
Friendship-Testing Beer Ads
This Carlsberg Commercial Puts Friendships to the Test
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Friendship Encountering Bracelets
Friendship Encountering Bracelets
The Affinity Bracelet is an Unorthodox Way to Make New Friends
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Friendship-Powered Vending Machines
Friendship-Powered Vending Machines
The Milka Vending Machine Releases Treats When Hands are Held
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Adult Play Areas
Adult Play Areas
The Ball Pit by SoulPancake is a Comfortable Space to Meet People
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2
Friendship Bracelet Tattoos
Friendship Bracelet Tattoos
These Temporary Tattoos are Perfect to Symbolize Your Relationship
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Hi-Tech Friendship Bracelets
Hi-Tech Friendship Bracelets
Bond by Kwamecorp Keeps Long Distance Relationships Connected
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