The web is a big place, with all kinds of people with every imaginable background and interest in life. It can be very exciting to meet some of these people. However, what if you want to find people who are interested in what you're interested in? Here are some places to start.
Ning. Ning.com is a site for discussion forums formed around topic. To see what is available, go to the home page, and either use the search bar at the top, or use the main categories in the green bar in the middle of the page to get started.
Delphi. DelphiForums.com has been around a lot longer than Ning, and are part of the "old school" discussion-forum network. You're likely to find people ofall ages there. Again, use the search bar on the home page, or go down and choose discussions, chat, or networking to get a preview of what's happening.
Yahoo Groups. Groups.Yahoo.com has also been around a very long time. These groups have forums, but are more known for their "chat rooms." Once more, to see what is available, use the search bar on the home page, or begin with the suggested categories and narrow down your search for your specific interest.
Subreddits. Reddit.com is a social news site, where people post news they've found from around the web, and other people vote and comment on it. SubredditFinder.com can help you quickly find other members who are interested in whatever you're into. Choose fromt he list of the 50 most promoted subreddits of the day, or use the search bar to find something more specific.
Facebook Page Browser. If you're one of the half a billion people who use Facebook, be sure to check out the Facebook page browser (you'll have to login first). I wrote about this in September - see Every once in a while, Facebook does something really cool...
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.