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How to Find Overseas Friends

by Edward Rotchford

One of life's rewarding beauties is experiencing new things, new places and new people. Becoming knowledgeable of other cultures stimulates the mind and also improves one's knowledge of diversity. For these reasons, making friends overseas can be very appealing. Years ago, finding overseas friends was much more difficult. With today's technology, you can find overseas friends in a matter of minutes.

Facebook

Open your web browser and type in http://www.facebook.com into the address bar. Hit the enter/return button.

Create a profile on Facebook, disclosing only necessary information and the information you are comfortable giving out over the web.

Log on to Facebook with your new profile.

In the lower left corner, click "Applications" and then click "Groups".

Near the top of the page, there will be a text box reading "Search for Groups". In this text box, type in the name of the country or city where you would like to make friends. Hit the enter/return button.

Of the groups that pop up, click one that has lots of members and has the "Type" listing of "Geography".

Click the "Join" button near the top of the group's main page.

Click on the group's "Wall" tab and write a post that you are looking to make a friend and to have the person contact you if interested.

On the left side of the group's main page, there will be a "Members" sidebar box. Click "See all". Scroll through the members and you contact the ones you like by asking them if they will be your friend. If they accept, then you have made a friend.

MySpace

Open your web browser and type http://www.myspace.com into the address bar. Hit the enter/return button.

Create a profile on MySpace, disclosing only necessary information and the information you are comfortable listing on the web.

Log on to MySpace with your new profile.

In the MySpace tool bar, scroll over the tab "Friends", and move your cursor down to click on "Browse People".

On the left hand side of the Browse Users page, use the search tools to find a friend in the area of the world where you desire friends.

After the new page has refreshed with search results, scroll your cursor over the people you would like to befriends. Click on their name to find out more about them, and click "add to my friends" to request a friendship. If they accept, then you have made a friend.

Interpals Penpals

Open your web browser and type http://www.interpals.net into the address bar. Hit the enter/return button.

Create a profile on Interpals, disclosing only necessary information and the information you are comfortable distributing on the web.

Log on to Interpals with your new profile.

On the Interpals tool bar, click "Search". Use the tools to find available friends overseas.

Using the search results, select the desired friend and click on their profile. On their page, click "Add to friends". If they accept your friend request, then you have made a friend.

Items you will need
  • Internet access

About the Author

Edward Rotchford has been freelance writing for over five years. Edward earned his degree in English-Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2003. His articles have appeared in "The Huffington Post" and have been referenced in such publications at "The New York Observer".