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When ten young D.C. residents who'd become friends over TikTok decided to organize a casual meet-up at the National Mall in July, more than 200 people showed up. Now, months later, they are the founders of DMV Besties, a community of young adult friendship-seekers more than 700 strong.
Why it matters: When COVID-19 sent the globe into lockdown, millions of people were forced to reconfigure friendships and community building in a largely virtual environment. DMV Besties helps to fill that void in a city that has seen a decade of population growth and is also recovering from the ongoing pandemic.
Zoom out: TikTok and its eerily accurate, interest-based algorithm helped DMV Besties grow its massive following.
The latest: DMV Besties has since expanded to Instagram, Discord, and TikTok and group organizers are planning more events.
What they're saying: "Even if you don't feel comfortable at these big events … you're finding a home somewhere … because anybody can create a channel or subcategory for their interest group," founding member Sarah Aillon says of the Discord group.
Additionally, DMV Besties isn't just about friendship; group organizers want to partner with more local vendors to come to events or donate funds to non-profits or mutual aid organizations.
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