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Meet Someone Online: The Top Five Sites for Finding New Friends

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Meetup:

Meetup is a site 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 very streamlined way to start one up yourself.

Facebook:

Most of use Facebook on a daily basis to connect with those we love all around the world, but many people don't know you can also use Facebook to create and plan events. You can also subscribe to different pages that you're interested in, making it easy to participate in possible events that these organizations might sponsor in your local area.

Ning:

Ning gives users the chance to create their very own social networks around whatever subject they could possibly 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 that share these interests, making your network grow and thrive.

Twitter:

Twitter is primarily a micro-blogging service that allows users to give mini-updates about events or topics that they find interesting. However, one of the best ways to utilize Twitter is finding people that share the same interests that you do. You can do this very easily by using Twitter Lists, which are basically curated lists of people who are all in the same industry, share a common interest, talk about similar issues, etc. Lists are a fantastic way to find people on Twitter that are interested in the same things you are, and interact with them personally.

Craigslist:

Craigslist is one of the most popular sites on the Web, basically because it's a gigantic global classified ads marketplace. However, there is a thriving community on Craigslist, ranging from shared activities to discussions about politics to heated talks about local news.

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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 simply someone to share a cup of coffee with, you can use all of the sites cited in this article to find a new friend, join a new group, or discover people who share your common interests.

Note: while all of the websites in this list offer wonderful opportunities for networking and new friendships, please use common sense when meeting people both on and off the Web. Follow these Web Safety Guidelines to make sure that safety is a high priority.

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