Tinder For Your #Squad: New App ‘Mashay’ Helps You Make New Mates
Making new friends as an adult is never easy, but a new app moving the focus away from the individual and to your group of mates might just point you in a new direction.
Expanding your existing group of mates as an adult is probably the biggest conundrum for a 20- or 30-something, and you’re not alone in wondering if there could ever be a solution that isn’t awkward as all hell.
At school and uni we were thrust into these circumstances that essentially forced us to make friends – all being in the same boat made it easy and totally not creepy or desperado. But now, as we’re making that transition into adulthood, making new friends painlessly and easily seems like a hard won reality. Luckily, there’s now an app for that.
Introducing Mashay, a new app that connects mates with mates. It’s pretty simple, really: Mashay is a social networking app that helps you and your friends meet another squad. Their goal is to connect likeminded mates in a close vicinity, in an effort to expand comfort zones and friendship groups. It’s about camaraderie, spontaneity and new experiences.
The app was created by six mates in Sydney. Mashay CEO Robert Price says the idea came about after a night out with friends, who, he says, spent the entire night out on their phones checking social media and apps like Tinder – a reality we all know too well.
“The problem is social apps today are focused on you as an individual,” he says on the site. “Who likes your pics, who likes your posts, who you’re meeting up with later.” Robert says he considers the time with mates to be “sacred” and that he “wanted to create an app that changes the lens to make it about experiencing something together with the group you’re with.”
How the app works: download it from the Apple Store or Google Play Store (it’s free), sign up and invite your gang to join too. Then, simply create your group (group sizes can range from two to six people), and search for other interested groups nearby. If you’re a particular group piques your own group’s interest, swipe right – if not, just swipe left to pass. Then, if you make a match, you can start chatting and plan a meet up. Familiar programming – entirely different end game.
Mashay launched last month Australia-wide – you can find out more info on the app here.
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