Beyond Facebook & Snapchat: 10 Apps for Better Friendships

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Snapchat, Beme, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter… what about apps for doing things in real life with your friends? You might be somewhat surprised that technology doesn’t just make it easier to see what you’re friends have done or are doing but to do things with your friends as well. Maybe these apps below are more deserving of the term social media than the apps we think of when we think social media?

If you’re wondering what your friends are up to right now you need the apps on this list. If you’re bored and want something fun to do right now you need the apps on this list. If you want to spend more time with your friends you need the apps on this list. If you want to know about your friends coolest finds you need the apps on this list. If you want to remember the best things you’ve done with your buddies you need the apps on this list. You get the picture. Spend more time with your friends with these 10 awesome new real-life social networking apps.

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Once you reach a certain age, finding time to hang out with your friends gets harder. Life just gets busy. But you don’t have to miss out on spending time with people you care about. With Free you can easily share with your friends when you’re available and plan when and what to do.

ToT (This or That)

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One of the best parts about having friends is getting their advice. ToT makes it as easy as it could possibly be. Ping your friends and let them help you choose this or that. It’s got a great, simple visual design, integrates with Facebook and can be used for all kinds of decisions: what to eat, where to go, what to wear, etc.


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Waldo is an Apple Watch app that keeps everyone in your group updated on what you’re doing. With it you can know when your friends are driving, see when your roommate gets home, see your friends’ most recent photo, see whose at the coffee shop and more. Waldo shares only what you want to share, but it does so automatically.

Remember When

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Remember When is an app for reliving the glory days, whether they were several years back or just last week. Chat with your friends about memories and don’t forget the greatest exploits.


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Status is perhaps the easiest way to see what your friends are currently up to. There’s a simple interface that shows you pics of your friends next to where they are. For instance: Jason is at work, Maria is home, Max is in a meeting. And it all works automatically. If you’re driving, Status knows. If you’re Off The Grid, Status lets people know.

Bobby Pin

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Bobby Pin is all about sharing your favorite places with your friends. If you found a great coffee place or beach, it’s easy to stick a pin on the map and let you friends know about it. Then you and your friends can easily sort things by list or map view.


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So Raft aims to help you make better plans with friends but it’s a little more hands on than Status or Waldo or some of the other apps here. It’s a shared calendar approach that lets you share your plans, follow your friends plans and comment/chat about them.  And plus it’s got a really colorful, great-looking design and sometimes that makes all the difference as to whether you’d use an app or not.

Hotel My Phone

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Ever run out of battery or forget your phone? Of course you have/do. That’s where Hotel My Phone comes in. It lets your friends use your phone as their own in just such situations (or lets you use theirs). So, as long as you’re with your friends, you’ll never be without YOUR phone.


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Soon is an app for longterm plans. It doesn’t just help you figure out what you might to tonight or this weekend, it helps you and your friends plan what you want to do, period. You can make lists of things you want to do and get info about those activities including pics and ratings to help plan. Then, keep track of what you’ve done by checking it off.

Friends Tonight

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Friends Tonight is about your group of friends getting together with another group of friends. It’s a fusion of friends. And I guess in a way it’s sort of like Tinder for groups of friends in that you see what other groups are out there and either rate them as a good match or not.

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