Websites That Help You Meet New People

How to Find Friends Online

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Friendship websites can introduce you to women friends, couples, people who are interested in keeping fit, and much more. While these sites can connect you to potential friends, it's still up to you to build an offline friendship. Remember to be safe, make small talk, and be open to the experience of meeting new people.

You might be required on some of these sites to put up a profile about yourself.

This will help others find you in a search and learn more about your personality. Take your time with writing this and make it sound like you. This is the best way to connect with new friends online.

Female Friendships

Girlfriend Social

Girlfriend Social allows female users to post a profile and connect with other women looking for friendship. The site says it is aimed at adult women who have moved, gotten married, or entered motherhood. The site offers a forum, search function, friends list, and messaging system. It also lists events and allows you to verify other members (to ensure the women are who they say they are.) Membership is free.

SocialJane

SocialJane is a social networking site for women in the U.S. who also want friendship. The site contains all the things you'd expect on a social networking site (plenty of forums and a variety of people), but the focus here is to meet new female friends as well.

Membership to Social Jane is free. Their forums contain topics such as careers, life stages, and friendship issues.

GirlFriendCircles

GirlFriendCircles matches new friends offline by connecting circles of women in local cafes and wine bars in 35 U.S. cities. The community is for women ages 21-65, with interaction done in small groups and designed around meaningful sharing.

It is free to join unless you live in one of their major cities (such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, or Los Angeles), then it's unlimited access and matches for six months at $29.95. Women can also search the site, post events, and list friendship "classifieds" where members can specify the types of friends they are looking for.

General and Group Friendships

Meetup

Meetup offers ways for people to locate a group in their area, or start their own. The site boasts that over "2,000 groups get together in local communities each day." There is a wide variety of different groups available, such as:

  • Business networking
  • Movie groups
  • Book clubs
  • Stitching groups
  • Sports meet-ups
  • Brunch and dinner groups

The site gets over six million visitors per month and is free to join. Occasionally a group within Meetup may ask for a nominal fee ($10 and under) to help offset the setup cost, but that varies individually by the group. Meetup is in 45,000 cities.

Yelp

Yelp is a city guide with links to many popular cities throughout the United States, Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and more. The site is user-driven, meaning people register and provide reviews and feedback on things like restaurants and businesses.

Yelp also lists popular events going on each week, which makes it easy to plan out your time. The site provides a forum so you can chat with others, increasing the chance for an online friendship. Yelp also encourages members to invite their friends and has an easy link that will send your friend a message asking them to join you on the site.

Active

If you're a fitness buff, Active.com just might be the place for you. You can search lists for events and tips on all areas of sports (baseball, football, running, etc.), and connect with others either on the forums or at the event itself. You can also find other workout activities in your area, instructors, and even training plans.

DailyMile

Whether you walk for exercise or train for marathons, Daily Mile can connect you with friends or acquaintances you might know in the real world, or it can introduce you to new people through their community forums.

Forums discuss routes, challenges, events, and more.

My Social Passport

My Social Passport (MSP) is a free site that allows you to search for and chat with people online that you're interested in learning more about. You can use it as a way to connect with people in other cities (such as when you're traveling or have moved), or can search for people near you or those interested in the same subjects (bands, hobbies, etc.) in order to find out more about them and eventually build an off-line friendship. To sign up, you provide your email and a city of residence at a minimum.

Life Knot

Life Knot encourages you to meet new friends but also allows people to pursue romantic relationships. The thought behind this is that you can meet people in the relaxed environment of being friends first, then develop a romantic relationship if things progress in that direction. The site is geared toward singles but has a mix of individuals in varying stages of relationships. Members can post a profile, personal information, and photos. There is also a forum which allows you to interact with other members.

Couples Friendships

CouplesList
CouplesList helps married or dating couples connect using a message board type style of​ the site. People post information about themselves and what types of activities they enjoy, and others can respond. CouplesList gets 5,000 people to the site each month. Registration is required but the site is entirely free to join and use.

Kupple
Kupple helps connect couples in finding other, like-minded couples to hang out with. Couples can put up a short profile with basic information, such as age, city, and interests. It's up to each couple to correspond and find out more. You can search for people based on your geographical region, hobbies, or shared interests. Membership is free.