So, you just moved to Washington, D.C., and aren’t sure where to meet people? Have no fear! There are tons of apps out there to help you connect with people who share your interests.

Here are three of our favorite apps to check out if you're new to the D.C. area.

Bumble BFF

You may be thinking, "What? I thought Bumble was for dating, and that’s not what I’m looking to do!" Well, while Bumble may have started as a dating app, it has since expanded into becoming a resource to making platonic friends as well. There's actually a whole new section on the Bumble app, called Bumble BFF, which allows you to choose your friend preferences, with the goal of meeting and clicking through shared interests. If you can meet the love of your life online, certainly you can meet the best friend of your life there, too. Here’s how it works. If you’ve never used Bumble before, download the app, sign in with Facebook, and choose “New Friends” when asked what you’re looking for. If you’re already an avid user of Bumble for dating purposes, but would like to use it for friend-making as well, the process is easy. Go to the Bumble icon at the top of your app, flip through the mode options and pick “Switch to BFF.” That’s it! You’re ready to start mingling around town. If you want to learn more about why Bumble created the BFF version or need more detailed instructions on how to use the app, visit their website here.
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Shapr

Shapr is relatively new to the app world, but is already taking Washington, D.C., by storm. It’s primarily a networking app, designed to help you meet people in your profession. If you moved to D.C. for work, this is a great opportunity to meet people in your industry. If you came here on a whim and are looking to find work, it’s an even better tool to connect with those in power to refer or hire you. And if you’re working on building up your side hustle or full-fledged business, Shapr will be incredibly helpful in connecting you with the right people. It’s easy to set up a profile. All you have to do is download the app and fil out a quick bio, as well as some actionable items such as your interests, which you enter in using hashtags. You can change your interests at any point, connecting you with a whole new batch of people. You’ll also be able to enter in work history, education, and when and how you’d like to meet, and link to all relevant social media platforms. You can find out more about the mission and mindset of Shapr here.
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Meetup

Meetup is essentially a place where anyone can form a club based on whatever they’re interested in. Those interested in that particular club, event, topic, whatever it is, can join the meetup and then meet on a recurring basis with that community. It’s a great way to learn a language, start a new hobby, or just find a group of people that like to do happy hour once a month. All you have to do to get started is download the app, create a profile outlining what kinds of activities interest you, and then choose from a collection of genres, which will then curate a feed of meetup groups for you to "parooze." If you’re interested in a group, simply request to join, and once approved, you’re in and can immediately start communicating with members. You can also attend the events that they’ve posted and have planned, and see if you’d like to be a part of that community. More information about Meetup can be found on their website.
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Have you tried any of these apps to meet new people and make friends in Washington, D.C? Let us know what worked for you, and any other ideas you have in the comments below!

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