I turn on my computer. I wait patiently as it connects. I go online. My breath catches in my chest until I hear 3 little words, “You’ve got mail.” I hear nothing, not a sound on the streets of New York. Just the beat of my own heart. I have mail…from you.
– From the movie Youve Got Mail.
No, Im not talking about the proliferation of internet dating sites. (though if you are a woman, the odds arent bad on those. Theres 7 men for every 1 woman registered on most dating sites.)
Instead, Im talking about the new kinds of social media opportunities that present themselves these days.
For instance, when you get on Facebook or MySpace, you have an opportunity to find other people within your geographic area who share your interests. When you get actively involved in the community, youll start making connections with others possibly including your next date.
Its not enough to have a profile. You need to get engaged. Comment on other peoples walls. And, be witty, charming, or otherwise enticing to a member of the opposite sex.
Remember that people who are not currently your friends see your replies to others comments, so take action accordingly. Also, try to make friends with people who have large friend networks. This will expose you to the greatest number of new people.
Another avenue that the internet can take you in is through the MeetUp.com website. While it has been around for a while, many people have not even begun to take advantage of it.
In any local area, there are dozens if not hundreds of Meet Up groups. There may be a handful of members or there may be hundreds. Meet Up groups regularly get together. Its a great place to meet new like minded people.
You are no longer restricted to meeting people at the local bar or through blind dates. When you start to put yourself out there, you can find a new love in a variety of places.
This report attempted to help you think about places to meet people beyond the typical singles scene. For instance, 10 years ago there were very few dog parks. 10 years ago, the internet was in its infancy. But these things have come of age.
Take advantage of every opportunity to meet new friends, new dates, and maybe even your new soul mate.
And our final words are from Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.