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NOT THE BEST ON TEXT? WE CAN HELP

I’m the type of person who messages back embarrassingly fast or doesn’t respond for 3 days. There is no in-between. I tend to err on the side of not responding because I just have no idea what to message back at the moment. Then one day of not responding becomes a week, and eventually, I feel like it’s too late.

For all you vinas like me, who need a little help in the texting department, I asked around and got some tips from the Hey! VINA pros at VINA HQ.

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SUGGEST HANGING OUT

The cool thing about friend-dating is that if you’re friends on paper (or based on your profiles), you’ll probably be friends IRL. The easiest way to find out is by meeting up and proving it! This is “first message” gold: suggest to meet in person and ask them what they’d enjoy doing. Simple as that.

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ASK QUESTIONS

If you’re still in chat mode with your new potential vina and the conversation lulls, another good tactic is to ask a question. Questions are what keep conversations going. Look at their profile, and use that information to ask about their job, their neighborhood, or even their emojis 😉!

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SEND A GIF

Did you know you can send photos and gifs in messages on the app? That’s right! If you’re not sure how to respond to a message, send a fun gif instead! It takes the pressure of you and will at least prompt an “LOL” from the other end. All you have to do is click the photo icon when you’re in the message screen and choose a gif from your camera roll.

Editorial @ VINA; lover of film, music made in bedrooms, art, and intersectional feminism; and harboring a (not so) secret weakness for reality TV and the color pink 💞💘. If I'm M.I.A. you'll probably be able to find me staring at an Ellsworth Kelly at SFMOMA or taking in the ocean breeze at Land's End.

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