Billions of people have access to the Internet and go online daily to discuss anything and everything they are interested in with their online community. They post photos, micro blog, share interesting news stories and articles and comment on posts. But how do you become a part of this international community and more importantly how do you make friends?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to meeting new people and to make friends online. Sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr allow users to interact with ease; it’s called social media for a reason!
You can gain access to discussion boards and chat on most websites these days, from commenting on videos on YouTube, to chatting with other players on online gaming sites, such as Mecca Bingo, it’s easy to get together with like-minded people and start talking. To be a part of an online community there are a few rules to stick to, to make yours and others experiences positive ones. Try not to act negatively, especially towards other members of the community and always try to contribute or share something interesting and relevant.
Tweet all about it
Use hashtags and the Discovery tab on Twitter to search for tweets discussing subjects you enjoy, it’s very easy to uncover a whole new community of people also interested in the same thing. According to statistics, compiled by Digital Insights, the site has 255 million active users every month posting and sharing tweets, so there’s plenty to get involved with!
Start by following users who share the same interests as you, try to post interesting tweets that will get a reaction and reply to other people when they share something that catches your attention.
You will find that the more you interact and contribute to a community the easier it becomes to build up relationships and move away from sites such as Twitter to something more personal, such as Facebook, where you can see other people’s profiles in depth and use the Messenger function to talk more often.
If you prefer to speak anonymously with people before sharing any information, then Frienstr might be the site for you. It can be accessed using your Facebook profile, but you are able to remain anonymous, talking to people until you want to personally connect. It’s essentially a chat room but not the seedy type from the 90s.
However, if you are looking for a more personal approach and the thought of chatting anonymously with strangers seems like too much hard work, you could try…
Made specifically for people looking to create friends in cyberspace, Friendsies uses a matching system to pair you up with like-minded people. There will be some form filling and question answering before you can get started, but as soon as you’re in you will be matched with people interested in the same sort of things as you and you also receive suggestions straight to your inbox. It’s essentially ‘friend dating’ and the site is free to use!
Many think of Pinterest and imagine a site where single women pin inspiration for the wedding of their dreams and spend all day searching for simple, five-minute, dinner recipes. Pinterest is so much more than that.
The Pinterest community is a friendly one, women make up 80% of this. You can follow and interact with users who pin the same or same type of pins, you can also create and invite people or join group boards based on a certain topic, where everyone can contribute and discuss together what has been pinned.
The site has 40 million active monthly users and 23% of these use the site once a day, so you will never be stuck for people to connect with or subjects to talk about.
So, whether it’s sharing what you’re up to that day and interacting with others doing the same, playing online games with people and chatting at the same time or watching and commenting on topic related videos the possibilities are endless when it comes to making friends online. Always remember to be kind, respectful and contribute regularly to maintain your new found friendships.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x