At the start of the year I packed up all my belongings and moved to the bright lights of Sydney.
A new city, a new job, an unusual work schedule, and a penchant for spending way too much time in front of Netflix looking at dog memes on the internet, meant it was near impossible for me to meet new people in real life.
After about six months in my brand new city I was ready to make some new friends. I had started to miss my regular catch-ups with my old mates, and I was looking for some gal pals to create some new memories and some ‘you had to be there’ personal jokes with.
I wanted to meet people who’d share my love of dumplings, would be keen to explore the local walking tracks with our dogs, or would love to watch the latest horror flick at the movies.
That’s where Bumble comes in. You may know Bumble as the dating app which puts women in the driving seat, handing them the reins to make the first move.
Basically, if a woman matches with a man or woman she has to start a conversation with them within 24 hours or the match will disappear. Feminism, hey?
But what you might not realise is Bumble is connecting new BFFs and creating lasting friendships on a daily basis.
Creating my Bumble profile was super easy - I uploaded a few pics, wrote a little blurb about myself (making sure to note my love for cheese and onion chips and indoor plants) and then linked up my Spotify account so my potential BFFs could witness my intense obsession with all things Aussie hip hop.
Then I started swiping. Bumble BFF works just like the dating side of the app - you browse through profiles and swipe right if you think they could be your new BFF and swipe left if you just don't think you'd have that much in common.
I was surprised by how many profiles caught my eye - I felt like a could share a cocktail and good laugh with many of these women.
The Bumblers were all there for the same reason - they wanted to make some new friends and expand their own social circles. Some of them had moved cities like me, some had moved from far-reaching places, others had suddenly found themselves with more room in their lives for new gal pals.
Some were single, some were attached, others had just come out of a long-term relationship.