They say true friendship is when you walk into someone’s house and the WiFi connects automatically. So how often does that happen to you? Is it time to find some new friends? It happens. People move, eras end and new ones begin, people change, the world changes… stuff happens. But having some great friends around can make life better; having people to do things with and talk to, knowing someone will be there for you when something goes wrong… you know the deal. But sometimes finding new friends isn’t very easy — even for easy-going, extroverted people (especially when moving to a new city and finding oneself overwhelmed with a new job, moving in, getting oriented, etc.).
But now there’s Wiith—an app that helps you meet new friends.
Wiith revolves around having users create — and join — nearby events which are typically small and more intimately sized. The events can be either preplanned or spur of the moment, but the organizer gets to decide who joins. Even creators can also invite specific users to attend their event, including people they already know.
There’s really nothing like Wiith out there. One of Wiith’s closests competitors would be Meetup, which tends to be too orchestrated and impersonal for someone just out to find a new friend or two. There’s also no cost with Wiith. Tinder, on the other hand, is purely about dating.
Jeff Hodnett and Gentian, the co-founders of Wiith, tell me that users have consistently said to them that they wish Wiith had existed when they first moved to the town they are in. That makes sense. But perhaps a bit more interesting is the fact that several beta testers, each with their own established groups of friends and routines, were pleasantly surprised at the value of making new connections and meeting new people, even when they thought they had “enough” friends.
“We are pleased with the number of users, but we’d like to see a higher percentage of users creating events,” says Jeff. “Asking users to do anything is always a challenge. We are working on engaging influencers and encouraging the creation of events to appeal to more users. Plus we suggest events that are location specific so having this relevant context really helps in encouraging event creation.”
And in case you are wondering whether or not people will be trying to arrange dates using Wiith, Jeff has the following reassurances for you:
“From day one we did not want this to be a dating app, as that market is oversaturated and cluttered. While we realize romantic relationships may occur as a result of users meeting at events, that is not the core focus of our service. We want to ensure that events are seamless to create or attend and there are no romantic expectations of any users.”