Seven online sites to help you find platonic friends
I love this blog! Is there any thought of a site where all of us with these issues can contact each other for friendship?
Signed, Seeking New Friends
Dear Seeking New Friends,
That’ question is one that is often asked by other readers. The Friendship Blog isn’t designed to facilitate friendships directly, but some readers have connected in two ways:
The Friendship Blog E-Mail Exchange
Earlier this year, one poster on the The Friendship Forums (a tab on this blog), named Cookie, started a thread to encourage people to exchange email addresses. A number of people have posted their email addresses there.
However, just as you would for other sites on the Internet, please exercise caution. Like heterosexual dating, you don’t know for sure with whom you are corresponding; you only know what the person is telling you. Also, remember that anything you post on the Internet, including an email address, remains there—so if you do pursue this avenue, the idea of using a disposable Internet address is prudent, as several posters have done.
The Friendship Blog Connection on Facebook
When this question was raised before, I set up a Facebook group, called The Friendship Blog Connection. This is a page where you can interact with a new person, begin a friendship, and then take your conversation to the next level off the page. It offers the advantage of being able to do a little bit of vetting your prospective friend on Facebook. Directions for signing onto the Facebook page are here. Recently, most of the posts seem to be feeds from my blog. Perhaps, making friendships has been put on a back burner for the summer.
In addition, there are a number of commercial websites that focus on helping women develop platonic friendships online and off. I’ve written about many of them previously, including these seven:
Helps people who are looking for companionship to either start groups or join existing ones in their local communities. The groups are organized by interest and by zip code, and cover almost every topic imaginable. The idea is to help people meet others with
Allows women ages 18 and over to seek out and connect with like-mined women in cities and communities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia. With a few clicks, women can find someone with kids the same age or someone who shares the same reading interests, message them, and start connecting. The site also sponsors local events.
Connects women, ages 21-65, with other women online and sets up local “connecting circles” for 3-6 women to meet in a neighborhood café or such, in 35 cities. It is based on the premise that women feel more comfortable in a small group where they can engage in meaningful conversation as opposed to a large social event. It’s also less threatening than meeting one-on-one and offers more choices.
A social networking site that allows women to connects, and then exchange emails to set up appointments to meet (e.g. for taking a vacation, becoming walking partners, etc.). It is currently available in the U.S. only for women of all ages.
Allows female members to find others in the same city, who share common interests (such as. yoga, traveling, sports, shopping, night life, etc.), and meet them locally. Active members live in Montreal and Toronto and the organization is expanding into Western Canada.
Designed to help people who live in a particular neighborhood to connect with each other through the creation of a private website where they can communicate, and build stronger and safer neighborhoods. This may help you find friends who live in your own
Open to both men and women from 10-80 but unlike dating sites, this environment is free of romantic expectations. The average age of members is 50 years old and while most members are from the U.S. and Canada, there are members from 25 countries.
Hope this is helpful and gives you some new ideas and inspiration for connecting!
Category: Online friends