5 Sites That Can Help You Make New Friends

Whatever your interest, there's a group for that

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If you're tired of the same old faces, there's plenty of room on the web to expand your horizons. Whether you're interested in someone to share your interests in ancient Greek pottery or someone to share a cup of coffee with, you can use websites to find new friends, join a new group, or discover people who share common interests with you.

Meetup

Meetup is a website with a simple concept behind it: Put people who like the same things together in the same place. It's a geographical network of local groups in cities all over the world. Whatever you're interested in, there's probably a group in your area that meets on a regular basis, and if there isn't, Meetup offers a streamlined way to start one up yourself.

Facebook

Many of us use Facebook on a daily basis to connect with those we love all around the world. You can also use Facebook to create and plan local or online events, and you can subscribe to different pages that you're interested in, making it easy to participate in conversations and events that these organizations might sponsor in your area.

Ning

Ning gives users the chance to create their very own social websites about whatever subject they can think of. Are you a fan of puppies? You can create a social network around that particular interest. Once you create it, Ning makes it easy for you to find people who share the same interest, causing your network to grow and thrive.

Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging service that allows users to give mini-updates about events or topics that they find interesting. One of the best ways to use Twitter is to locate people who share the same interests as you. You can do this easily by using Twitter Lists, which are curated lists of people who are all in the same industry, share a common interest, or talk about similar issues. Lists are a fantastic way to find people on Twitter that are interested in the same things you are and interact with them personally. You can start a list by selecting List in your profile, and you can subscribe to lists other people have created by clicking on List when you are viewing the person's profile.

MEETin

The MEETin website is similar to Meetup but without the extensive features. It uses word-of-mouth to bring people together for events and to make new friends. The service is free and run by volunteers, but it has groups in many U.S. cities and in several foreign countries. Just click on your city on the website and see what's happening in your area. MEETin events are open to everyone. 

Stay Safe

While websites offer wonderful opportunities for networking and new friendships, you must use common sense when meeting people both on and off the web. Follow recognized web safety guidelines to make sure that safety is your highest priority.