Will Dating Apps Become The New Way To Find BFFs?

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would you swipe right for a fresh bestie?

Despite how Drake and DJ Khaled would have it, sometimes you do need new friends. Hard truth, though, collecting fresh pals, buds, and BFFs gets more and more difficult as one gets older. Matter of fact, adding besties can prove more difficult than adding a significant other. Odd how that happens. The fact that there’s copious apps for connecting with casual or lifelong partners and not many for finding friends doesn’t help the situation.

Well, TechCrunch has a piping-hot primer on the latest app to step into that wide, wide friend-finding breach, Hey! VINA. Currently available on iTunes in a beta version, it's by no means the first mobile app to attempt mastering the hard science (and art) of discovering new BFFs. Yet, Hey! VINA at least appears to be the most complete and thoughtful candidate in the rather narrow field of options. 

First off, there’s the pedigree of the people behind Hey! VINA. As TechCrunch reports, the two former General Assembly vets forwarding the app have extended experience in hosting IRL networking groups connecting women of similar interests and background (“Ladies Who Vino” being the most successful and well-named of the bunch).

Secondly, Hey! VINA’s algorithm matches users based on a series of Buzzfeed-like quizzes—you know, the kind of things you spend all day at your desk doing anyways. Just as they do on Tinder, Hinge, and other dating apps, shared Facebook friends and proximity play a big part in Hey! VINA’s system as well.

Now, it’s easy to go ahead and criticize or roll your eyes on this one—but hold back a moment and think on it. We’re already approaching a world where a third of all newly married couples in our shared demo met online with many suggesting that this percentage will only increase exponentially in the next few years. Given that, why shouldn’t you be using matching apps to increase your friend base? It’s no weirder than swiping right to find your next partner, after all.

As Olivia June Poole, one of Hey! VINA’s founders, told TechCrunch, “It’s the way things are… If we can help people adapt and fulfill their needs…we think that’s great.” Truth.


Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.