How To Turn Random Internet Strangers Into Friends

A tested method from several attempts

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Initial Attempts

My first experience trying to make friends on the internet didn’t work well. I wanted to share an idea with someone as a newbie on the platform. This was several years ago. The platform wasn’t any of the big social networks today. But it was fairly big too. And it still exists today. Needless to say, another user called me a fraudster and some others supported the notion. I never visited that platform again.

The Real First Step

Most people think the first step in turning random internet strangers into friends is to pick a platform. This is not quite true. It is not about the platform. Instead, it is about what led you to the platform.

The moment I switched and started following my interests to wherever they lead, I started making friends.

The interests I have used and followed include; Christianity, bitcoin & crypto, entrepreneurship, marketing, etc. And they have brought me friends in platforms such as Telegram, Twitter, and Reddit.

The Guide

If you want to make friends on the internet, here are the guidelines:

  • Find where the hottest conversation on that subject of interest is taking place
  • Start with a forum (or forum discussions)
  • Don’t begin with peddling your opinion. Find people you agree with (not necessarily 100%) and voice your agreement with their point of view
  • After you have mixed a bit with the conversational atmosphere, you can start doing your own opinions. It could be the same day you got on the platform, it could also be after many days
  • You should have people who will like what you said
  • Mark those people. Wait for when they need help and find a way to help them
  • If you successfully help a stranger and the stranger expressed gratitude, you have made a friend.

The Most Important

The most important is the last two steps. In fact, those are the major steps I take now. I move around on the platform and find anyone needing help. Then, think of ways to help them.

Never forget:

The secret of making friends is becoming useful to them in their time of need or distress

I hope you have learned something.

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