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Forget Tinder, the Wiith app wants to help you meet new friends

When it comes to online dating, there are plenty of apps for iOS and Android users-from Tinder to Match.com to OkCupid. But what if you’re just looking to meet new people and don’t want to worry about being on a “date”?

Until now, most people have looked to MeetUp.com,which is one of the largest networks of local groups. MeetUp makes it easy to organize a local group or find existing meetup groups.

Co-founder Jeff Hodnett says, “Meetup just isn’t right for natural encounters – it’s too rigid.  We think Wiith is a lot more spontaneous than Meetup, along with not having the dating stigma of Tinder.”

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The Wiith app wants to connect nearby people who share the same interests so they can meet up for local activities and events. Users can create or join others’ posted events. Similar to Tinder dating app, users can swipe through applicants and anonymously select who they’d like to join. Users will then receive a notification when the app suggests a hangout.

The new social app has just a little over 1,000 users who are currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Peninsula.

Hodnett and Edwards partnered up to build the Wiith app so they could meet new people, as they were both new to the Bay Area. Besides making new friends, the app is valuable for those who are visiting a new city. Users can find people who want to meet up for coffee, meet up at the park for lunch or go for an evening run.

If the company plans things right, they have the perfect opportunity to reach the younger mobile generation and compete against MeetUp.com. The Wiith app could be the app people need for casual encounters.

You can download the Wiith app from the App Store here.