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5 Tips For Finding Online Friends and Penpals

July 18, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

According to Google's popular AdWords Keyword Tool, over a million people around the world each month search the terms "online friends" or "penpals." This doesn't even include all other variations of similar search queries, or other languages besides English. What is so attractive about meeting strangers on the internet?

The web has transformed not only the way we keep in touch and communicate, but also how we meet people for the first time. There are now dozens of social networking websites for hundreds, if not thousands, of niches. From friendship networks like Facebook to dating websites like eHarmony or, the demand for expanding our human circles continues to grow.

But how can you be most successful in reaching out to strangers online? Follow the tips below in order to maximize your personal security along with your "online attractiveness."

1. Be Safe - This is especially true as time goes on since more and more children are growing up with access to the internet. Above all, be cautious when meeting strangers or penpals online, as you can never be 100% sure about their identities or goals. Some people feel comfortable giving out their name, birthday, or otherwise, but there are some pieces of information you should never give out online, including your social security number or identification numbers, your home address, your exact place of work, your financial information, and other such sensitive items. Minors should be especially careful online and should never give out their full name, email, or city without their parents' guidance.

2. Be Honest - Even though your safety is always of the utmost importance, honesty counts! Never lie about your name or identity, background, hobbies, or otherwise. It is one thing to give out nicknames or avatars when you don't want to reveal too much about yourself, but don't excuse lying with reasons of privacy. This only leads to confusion, broken hearts, wasted time, or worse (especially on dating or penpal websites)

3. Be Creative - Look, there are millions of people with access to the web these days. If you want to make some meaningful pen-pal connections online, put some energy into it! Whichever network you are a member of, put some time into your profile, photos, blogs, etc. in order to more accurately and creatively represent your passions and personality. Everyone can appreciate your efforts - potential bosses, business partners, travel companions, or even "significant" others.

4. Be Consistent - As your circles and online connections grow, your reputation will grow as well. This is true regardless of how many social networks your join. Honesty is important, but its worthless if you aren't showing others the consistent nature of who you are. For example, it's not a good idea to get drunk one night and post a bunch of random things online that don't accurately reflect you.

5. Choose Quality Websites - As the online dating and "penpals" industries continue to grow, thousands of communities are springing up. This should go without saying, but choose your networks based on their safety, reliability, and customer service. Fly-by-night dating sites may end up selling your personal information to marketing or spam companies. Always choose sites that are well-designed, don't allow vulgar or tricky advertising, and seem to around for the long-run (and that maintain Privacy Policies!).

JuJu Pen Friends is a free international community of friends and penpals from many countries. Features include forum boards, private chat, messaging, photo albums, blogs, and more. Join us at

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