We're living in a digitally connected age. Facebook and Snapchat keep us in constant touch with friends. Twitter, Instagram and Medium allow us to follow the ideas and images of those we may not know.
These new media aren't going anywhere. They're too massive (Facebook has more than 1.5 billion users) and too entrenched in our lives.
But now entrepreneurs are trying to figure out the next phase of friendship and communication, and they're using high-tech tools to achieve some very old-fashioned connections.
When Whitney Wolfe launched her dating app Bumble into a crowded field a year and a half ago, she aimed to stand out with a new angle: Requiring women to make the first move. But she was surprised to find that people were finding friends on Bumble, so she just launched a new feature: Bumble for Friends.
"When you watch and observe your user base you have to evolve with them, to give them what they're seeking," she said.