She described feeling very isolated as a new mother, and wanted to find people who understood what she was going through.Since postpartum depression can make women feel especially alone, it's great to have an app where you can connect with someone navigating the same—sometimes-messy—emotional terrain as you are.5.ATLETO If you're particularly in need of marathon buddies or tennis opponents, look no further.ATLETO is all about helping you find people based on your favorite sports, and encouraging you to host events and meet up IRL.While you might need to be a major extrovert to go to these alone, it can be great if you and a friend want to expand your circle (or just have an awesome night out).9. Nextdoor If you've moved to a new neighborhood and find it hard to connect with new people (a definite suburb problem), Nextdoor lets you know everything that's happening nearby—from yard sales to babysitting gigs.Skout Skout has been around since 2007, so they've been in the friendship (and dating! It's pretty simple: You use it to connect with people wherever you go, which seems particularly handy if you're traveling alone and want to grab a pint with someone... It's not as straightforward as "Hey, I'm looking for friends!By signing up, you can immediately check out what your local area has to offer.Whether it’s simply a group full of people of a similar age, or a keen bunch of tech or fitness fans, there should be something for you. Nextdoor (Free) Want to get to know your neighbors more easily but never seem to run into them? It’s a private social network for your neighborhood, allowing you to exchange information on the local community through your smartphone.
You can spend time in the app chatting via a group chat facility, but Peanut has a strong focus on arranging meet ups.You can gain updates from nearby users, buy and send gifts for them or simply see who’s checking you out.It’s ideal for those who travel regularly but want to meet people. Nearify (Free) Nearify touts itself as an app for letting you know of events happening near you, but it’s also a cool way of meeting new people.Friender is another swipe-y app, but the profiles you see aren't random.When you build your profile, you add your interests so that suggested matches have at least one favorite activity in common with you.Meetup (Free) Meetup works across thousands of cities.Its aim is to help bring together groups of people that have common interests.And honestly, jogging or cycling together is pretty low-key when it comes to first conversations with someone. Meetup If you have more specific interests, like knitting at a bar or being a part of a writing group, Meetup probably has something you're looking for. REALU The creators of REALU "believe that social media should enhance our interactions with real people, not discourage them," and wanted to solve the problem of people clinging to their phones when they're in a new place.You simply enter your location and browse events by category. The app lets you connect with people in real-time, so if you're alone in a cafe and find someone close by who's alone in a bookstore, you can send a message and meet. Nearify Nearify does the only thing you use Facebook for anymore: It shows you all the big events nearby.It gives you a little more to talk about, plus the chance to meet people with the same interests as you.3. VINA Self-described as the "Tinder for (girl) friends," VINA was designed specifically for women to meet female friends at any time.You can match based on shared activities and interests and your "life stage," since different moments in your life might lead you to look for more friends (or ones who specifically get what you're going through). Peanut Peanut is a new app for moms to meet other moms, founded by Michelle Kennedy, who worked at the dating app Badoo before giving birth in 2013.