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Sunday, September 4, 2016

You are where you go

I'm not in school anymore, I'm in a committed relationship, I work from home, and I just moved to a new area where I don't know a soul-- that's a perfect recipe for "how the heck do I make friends as an adult?" The closest I came to making a new friend recently was when a girl at the local co-op asked me if I had ever tried tempeh "bacon" and if I liked it. After our brief conversation, we went our separate ways and I thought, "I should have asked to add her on Facebook or something so I could send her some tempeh recipes." But nope, she was gone and now I might never get to share tempeh recipes with her and eventually become her friend that she eats awesome food with at the local vegetarian café.

When I got home I checked my Huggle app to see if during the day I had made any new matches, like maybe my tempeh friend. Huggle connects like-minded people by the places they go and is a great way to meet new friends who have similar lifestyles and interests to you. While I didn't happen to come across my tempeh friend on Huggle, I've connected with potential trail buddies for hiking in one of the nearby state parks and someone who seems to enjoy the local Thai restaurant as much as I do!

As with any location-based app, I was a little wary about how safe this app was at first but Huggle uses a one-minute photo verification tool to prove that you're a real person and their technology prevents any phony check-ins. Plus, you have to have at least 1 check-in in common with someone in order to contact them. You can also be a little more selective and change your settings so that people have to have 2 or 3 places in common with you to send you a message. Buh-bye, unwanted creeps!

Overall I'm impressed with this app and I'm excited about the possibilities.

What do you think of Huggle? Have you tried it? 
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