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People are fun. I had forgotten what it's like to meet random new people online: I haven't done it in a long time, and I'm kind of just grabbing random people that Kristan is talking to and talking to them as well.

There's a lot of really nifty people out there that I haven't yet met. But there's also a lot of people who I wouldn't spend the time of day on. I wish there was a way to only find people from the first category, but it seems like even if people aren't being deliberately obtuse, there's no way to even begin to filter out the people who think they would get along with you then later don't.

I'm in a large enough geek-centric area, and have enough local contacts, that I'm sure I'll meet some new people. I don't even consider that a problem, given that I have a big-enough crowd around most of the time these days. But how can I branch across social circles, meeting people I wouldn't otherwise, without having a clue where to start?

How can you know who is actually looking for new people to hang out with? Not everyone who'd be willing to chat is going to put out a personal's ad: some of them do, but most of them probably don't. There's no need, and it attracts the wrong kind of attention most of the time.

How can I find some crossover animation/computer geek that I might not have otherwise known? I can meet friends in the web standards world: I know enough of them in and around the W3 that I could probably get to gatherings of such. But what about those people outside the well known social circles?

Ponder ponder.

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Just hang out with the people you already know, because they're likely to introduce you to new, cool people even if you don't actively ask for that.

But the "new, cool people" will probably be similar to people I already know: such is the way it typically goes in circles of friends. Granted, in Boston this isn't nearly so bad since the relationship distance between any 2 people that I'd likely want to get to know is relatively low, however, it's still an issue of how to branch across to different, distinct groups.

Not necessarily.

While online and at school, I tend to hang around with a more technology-oriented crowd a decent percentage of the time, the majority of my friends (at home and at school) don't fall into that category.

I never know. That's always been a thought that I haven't quite wrapped my brain around.

Communication is key, but it involves specifics. Names and numbers and places and times and the perfect thing that you need is out there, but how to find just mystifies. Which now makes me sound like a dating website.

Anyway, I know what you mean

Whenever you figure out how to make new friends, let me know. I suck at it. ^_^

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