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A place to meet new friends

With FriendMatch, you can make friends from nearby or from around the world.



Why are People Using FriendMatch?

How do you meet new people when life is busy, when you need a change, or when you move to a new city? We offer a modern solution – a place online just to make friends.





What we do

With FriendMatch, you can make friends from nearby or from around the world.

Make Friends Locally

Find new friends based on common interests, location, age and more.

Make Friends Locally

Find new friends based on common interests, location, age and more.


Finding Friends Abroad

Ex-pat? Armchair traveller? We have members looking for new friends in 200+ countries.

Finding Friends Abroad

Ex-pat? Armchair traveller? We have members looking for new friends in 200+ countries.


In a FriendMatch World

Friends gather for brunches, book clubs, or just to hang out.

In a FriendMatch World

Friends gather for brunches, book clubs, or just to hang out.

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Find out how FriendMatch is helping people to make new friends

How does FriendMatch help me make new friends?

FriendMatch is an online service to help you meet new people from your neighborhood or from around the world.

Did you just move? Looking to find new friends in a new city? Or maybe you didn’t move, but you want to meet someone like you from somewhere else in the world…your options are endless, and you can make as many friends as you want.

Types of Friends: Exercise partners, couple friends, new parents, book clubs, dinner party clubs, just someone to have coffee with and talk about life…etc.

What do I have to do?

Sign up.

Fill out your profile.

Use our search tools to find new friends. Search by age, gender, location, interests, or just by keyword.

Send a message and introduce yourself to people you’d like to get to know better, and then take your friendship from there!

You can keep your friendship strictly online, or when you feel safe and comfortable, arrange to meet in person.

We provide tips and tools to help you keep in touch with your friends- a blog with inspirational friendship stories and tips, speed-friending networking events – because life is busy and we want to help!


The Goal: More Friends

Make Real Connections, Online or in Person

What is FriendMatch?

FriendMatch is an online service to help you meet real new friends, from your neighborhood or from around the world.

Types of Friends: Exercise partners, couple friends, new parents groups, book clubs, dinner party clubs, just someone to have coffee with and talk about life…etc.

How does it Work?

Sign up for free.

Use our search tools to find new friends. Search by age, gender, location, interests, or just by keyword.

Send a message and introduce yourself to people you’d like to get to know better, and then take your friendship from there!

We provide tips and tools to help you keep in touch with your friends- a blog with inspirational friendship stories and tips, speed-friending networking events – because life is busy and we want to help!

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What others are saying


"Friendship, simplified,"

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"I like it!!"

Robert Herjavec, from CBC's Dragon's Den and ABC's Shark' Tank

"Finally, online matchmaking for friends!"

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Our Mission & Vision

To help men and women worldwide to make new friends

In a FriendMatch world, friends gather for brunches, book clubs, or just to hang out. Couples host cheerful dinner parties and runners all have running partners. We motivate and inspire each other, we are happier and healthier to share our experiences.

There’s a friend out there, and we can find each other because of FriendMatch.

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We answer all email and requests as they come in.

FAQs - FriendMatch

What is FriendMatch?

FriendMatch is a place online where you can go to meet new people and make new friends. 

You might be interested in using FriendMatch to meet new friends who live near you, or you might be interested in using the service to meet and connect with interesting new friends with common interests from around the world.

FriendMatch works like a dating website, except that it is matchmaking for friends, not for dating. Start by searching for friends in your desired location, or search for a new friend by interests, such as "running" or "hobby chicken farming" in our Friend Search page.

If you see someone interesting, send them a message or a friend request.

It can take a few weeks to find a good FriendMatch, and we recommend sending several messages to several different friend possibilities for best results. 


How much does FriendMatch cost?

FriendMatch is free to use - you can make as many friends as you want to and send as many messages as you want.

Our service is supported by advertisements, to create a free experience for our members.

We want to make it easier to make new friends for people around the world - if you have suggestions or feedback, please send it straight to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Is FriendMatch a dating site?

No, it’s not a dating site.  A lot of our members are happily married!

So please don’t try to ask FriendMatch members out on dates.

They are on here just to find new friends and people to hang out with.


How can I use FriendMatch to meet new people or make a new friend?
  1. Start by filling out your profile and including a photo, so that new friends can find you.
  2. Next, use our "Search Friends" page to browse or search our members to see if the right friend is there waiting for you.

---> If you don’t find someone during your search who might be a good fit for your next friend, then try using fewer search parameters at first.

3. Start a friendship by sending a message or a friendship request and introducing yourself.  An easy way to do this is to say something about their profile.  

---> Or just say what feels natural.

4. Use the FriendMatch messaging system to get to know each other.

5. If you are finding a good friend connection, you can also take the friendship off FriendMatch!

You can solidify your new friendship by meeting in person, or just keep your friendship online - the choice is yours!

Once you have met in person, naturally you might exchange contact information like phone numbers, email addresses, or connect on a social network such as Facebook. 

Ta-da!  You have made a new friend! 


How Can I get more search results when looking for friends?

 If you have trouble finding as many search results as you are hoping for, try using fewer search terms. Start with just one or two, then, after reviewing the results of your search, you can continue to add more search terms - keep going until you find exactly the types of friends you are looking for.


Help! I have not received my confirmation email!

The number one reason this happens is because it is in our spam, junkmail, or promotions box - please check there first!

If you still have not received it, please email our support team and we'll help to get you started!


Any tips for success with finding new friends?

Yes! 4 tips:

  1. Complete your profile. It’s not a dating site, so posting a nice picture isn’t enough to cut it. Introduce yourself on your profile. Give other members an idea of what types of friends you are looking for.

---> Don’t be one of those people who says, “Ask me to find out” in their “About Me” section. Boring!

      2. Be patient. If the right friend isn’t signed up yet in your area, wait and check again later.  New members are signing up every day, so don’t give up!

      3. Be proactive.  Search for friends using the browse and search tools. Send messages and introduce yourself.  Approach several different people for best results, because not everyone will respond to every message.  Being proactive is the fastest way to start making new friends – much faster than waiting for someone cool to approach you!

       4. Be Safe. Please follow our safety guidelines and use common sense when meeting new people.


What happens after I make a new friend on FriendMatch?

Enjoy the friendship!

If you want to make another new friend, or add to your squad, come back to FriendMatch to meet more people.

Unlike a dating site, there is nothing wrong with going back to FriendMatch for more friends once you’ve made your first successful match!


If I don't like the experience, how can I delete my account?

Log into your account and navigate to, "view profile" from the bottom menu.

From your profile, select, "settings" and in the settings page, select, "remove account".

If you have trouble, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll delete your account for you.


Why are people using FriendMatch?

We live in a fast-paced modern world.  Maybe we keep so busy that we ran out of time to make new friends.  Sometimes we move to a new location and need new friends in our area.

It's also fun and interesting to connect with new international friends from around the world. If you run a small farm in Vermont, U.S.A., wouldn't it be cool to compare farming methods with someone from Tuscany?  

Imagine having a new friend to show you the best local spots next time you travel!

The Internet helps us to find all the things we need – groceries, dates, shopping, work – so why shouldn’t it also help us to make new friends?


What kind of people are on FriendMatch?

All kinds!

FriendMatch members are men and women of all ages, and teens too.

FriendMatch members are from around the world – you can make a friend in your own neighbourhood or meet a new friend from a different country.


Is it safe to meet people online?

It is up to you to make it safe!

Yes,  it is now commonplace for people to meet in person after meeting online.

But remember to follow these common sense rules before meeting someone new for the first time:

  1. Tell someone else where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you’ll be back.
  2. Meet in a public place.
  3. Protect your real identity until you can trust your new friend.
  4. Don't let your new friend know where you live or work until you have built a trusting relationship.


What do I do if someone is spamming me or bugging me?

You can use the “report” button on their profile to report the member, or you can send an email directly to FriendMatch at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also block the user so they can't contact you by choosing the block button on their profile.

If a user is threatening you it is best to contact your local police or authorities as well as report it to FriendMatch.


What do I do if someone is hitting on me?

Sometimes FriendMatch is like going to a social gathering. You’re wearing your wedding ring, talking with your friends, and then some creep comes over and says, “Hey! Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?”  Or whatever pickup line.   We try to make it really clear that FriendMatch is not meant for dating, but some people just don’t get it!

You can use the "block" button to block and ignore this member, or you can use the “report” button on their profile to report the member if they are acting inappropriate, or you can send an email directly to FriendMatch at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And you can ignore them.


Is there a FriendMatch App?

Not right now. FriendMatch is a website, but it is mobile optimized, so you can browse and enjoy FriendMatch from your phone. 

The goal is to create an app in the future - please stay tuned!


I really like this idea but I wish some features were different. What should I do?

Thank you!

FriendMatch is still a work in progress. Join us on Facebook to share your ideas, or send them straight to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Make New Friends: Three Ways for Adults and the Busy


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March 13, 2019

As you age, your close social circle shrinks and risks collapsing into family members, colleagues, and a couple of old friends. We tell you what to do to prevent this from happening (spoiler: you may have to fulfill your old dreams).

We all want (consciously or not) to be friends. We want closeness, sincere conversations, joint adventures, warm memories and the feeling that there are people nearby who will always understand, support and make you laugh. Unfortunately, the older we get, the harder it is to keep old friendships and make new ones. nine0003

Our school and university friends have been living their own lives for a long time and live on values, cultural and social coordinates that are completely alien to us. It can be difficult to find time for meetings, topics for conversation, and even the desire to keep in touch.

New acquaintances, on the contrary, are easy to make, but often they do not go beyond friendship. But friends are an incredibly important element of a happy life. They serve as the best prevention of depression and anxiety, so do not underestimate the opportunity to speak out and lean on a firm friendly shoulder in moments of acute anguish and stress. And friends help to distract from the negative, because they bring positive emotions. In general, friendship from all sides is important and necessary. Fortunately, you can find like-minded people at any age and place. nine0003

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As we age, we lose flexibility on all fronts: physical, intellectual and, most importantly in the context of friendship, values. The more clearly we formulate our own values, principles and outlook on life, the more difficult it is for us to accept others. We become more critical: our own life experience tells us that we must live in a certain way, and all other ways are wrong. We are ready to look at "strangers" from the outside, but it is increasingly difficult for us to let them into our personal space. nine0003

That is why, in order to find new friends, you must first of all think about what you value and love most of all, what dreams and aspirations, hobbies and interests you have. If you have been wanting to go kayaking for a long time, it's time to sign up for courses - there you will meet like-minded people. You will initially be united by a great passion, thanks to which it will be easier to accept each other's differences. And joint alloys will become a solid basis for an emotional connection with new friends.

Back in the middle of the 20th century, psychologist Eric Berne developed the concept of transactional analysis and introduced the concept of "strokes" through which people interact. The role of stroking can be a look, smile, facial expression, gesture, kind word or physical action. Berne argued that intimacy is formed where pleasant (producing positive emotions) "strokes" become regular and, shall we say, more intense. Therefore, if you like a certain person - a colleague, a comrade in the sports section, a parent from the playground, or even an "Instagram friend" with whom you hardly communicate in your life - try to reduce the distance. Do it gradually so that your initiative is not perceived as an invasion of personal space. If before you only said hello, start a conversation - simply ask “How are you?”, But do not immediately try to find out everything about the person in the world and do not lay out your own cards. During the next meeting, most likely, your friend will start the conversation himself. nine0003

If you are afraid of becoming obsessive, remember two things. Firstly, you will immediately feel if a person does not want to get close: he will try to reduce the intensity of communication and not show any initiative. Secondly, it can be hard to find friends not only for you, but for many people. It is quite possible that your interlocutor is one of them and therefore very glad to meet you.

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Friendship is built on commonality - emotional or informational. The strongest relationships are formed where both factors are present. For example, you and your colleagues work in the same company (information commonality) and face similar problems (emotional commonality). You are interesting together and you can empathize with each other, because you live in the same reality. But as soon as you change the field of activity, this connection, with rare exceptions, will break. On a deeper level, the same thing happens in the relationships of longtime friends. Once upon a time, you wrote cheat sheets for an exam together and experienced the first breakups, and now one is stubbornly building a career and raising three children, and the other travels around the world unencumbered by a family and a permanent job. Perhaps you meet once a year and indulge in joint memories, in the worst case, you completely lose touch. But it may be different. nine0003

First, from a psychological point of view, it is always good to associate with people whose experience is very different from yours. Therefore, if it seems to you that there is “nothing to talk about” with an old friend, try to find out more about his reality: how he spends his days, what he dreams about, what he gets tired of. Do not try to evaluate his experience in terms of your goals and principles. Try to consciously imagine yourself in his place. And then share your experience. It is likely that both of you will be able to learn something new and shake up your ideas about life a little. nine0003

An even more powerful way to revive old friendships is to create new shared memories that will reset the capacity for mutual empathy and add topics for conversation. Come up with a joint hobby, some kind of project or go on a trip (if you have never traveled together, it is better to limit yourself to a weekend). Perhaps you will realize that after all, you have gone too far from each other, and decide to remain friends. On the other hand, you may have a new old friend - and he will definitely not be superfluous in life. nine0003

How to make friends at any age

June 2, 2021 Likbez Life

Do not sit alone, hoping for casual acquaintances. Take action.

You can also listen to this article. If you feel more comfortable, tune in to the podcast:

Simple tips to help you make friends

  1. Always be yourself. So you will not deceive anyone when you meet and will not disappoint when you get to know you better.
  2. Think carefully about what you value most in people and with whom it is easier for you to communicate. Keep this in mind when making new friends.
  3. Don't be prejudiced, don't judge new people by hearsay or first impressions. Get to know the person better, only then draw conclusions.
  4. Friendship is a mutually beneficial relationship. Offer help when you see that the person needs it. If this is a true friend, then you can count on help in return.
  5. Keep in touch with new friends: communicate on the Internet, arrange new meetings, try to diversify joint leisure. But don't be too pushy. If the person is ignoring you, don't push. nine0051
  6. Don't worry if new acquaintances lose interest in you. You may have met the wrong people or made mistakes. Analyze the experience and keep looking.

How to find friends online

With the spread of the Internet, many of us began to spend more time in front of the monitor and communicate less live. It is a fact. But not everything is so clear. The web is just a tool and everyone uses it in their own way.

The Internet can be seen as both a refuge from the real world and a powerful means of socialization. The sites and services, which will be discussed below, introduce a huge number of people every day. Already today you can make friends there. nine0003

Look for friends in online communities

Internet forums, chats in instant messengers like WhatsApp and Telegram, public pages and groups on Facebook*, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and other social networks are all platforms for effectively finding new acquaintances .

You just need to choose the right community, which may include people of interest to you, and unobtrusively invite them to meet. Nothing complicated.

If you live in a small town, look for a community based on geography. In large social networks, almost every locality has local groups like “Typical Bryansk” or “Overheard in Chernigov”, where you can communicate with fellow countrymen. To find such a group, just enter the name of your locality in the service search. nine0003

When you find a community, look at its description, read the posts of other users. So you will find out how dating takes place here. Most often, participants directly publish brief information about themselves with an offer to get to know each other. In VKontakte, such data is usually sent to administrators, and they already post it for the rest of the group members on behalf of the sender. You can reply to one of these posts or leave your own.

If you are from a large city, then it makes sense to look for a community of interest, without reference to the locality. It can be a chat to discuss cinema, a public about fishing or a forum about bodybuilding. Choose what is closer to you. nine0003

The main thing is that your city should be big and your community should be popular. Then among his audience there will surely be your "neighbors".

In communities of interest, the so-called gatherings are popular - mass meetings of participants for dating and spending time together. Such events are organized by the participants themselves or the administration. An example is the meetings of users of LiveLib, a social platform for book lovers. But before you go to such an event, prove yourself on the site. Participate in discussions, make your publications - let them notice you and accept you as their own. nine0003

Some communities of interest have special sections for dating. For example, on the site of the humorous site Pikabu there is a popular branch called “Dating League”. Participants from different cities and countries tell about themselves here and offer to meet offline. After free registration, you will be able to write to someone who is interested in you, or publish your profile.

Find friends using dating services

The Internet is full of services designed specifically for dating. Most often, with their help, they are looking for partners for sex or romantic relationships, but nothing prevents you from looking for friends in this way. nine0003

In the same Tinder, the world's largest online dating service, you can easily find a person for friendly communication. After registration, clearly indicate in your personal profile that you are looking for a company to simply go to the cinema, exhibition, concert or other event that seems appropriate to you. This is good ground to make friends.


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The app will connect to your Facebook* and show profiles of users who are close to you and match your interests. You can anonymously tag people you like. The same will be done with your profile. If the choice matches, the application will notify both of them and you can start chatting. nine0003

There are also services that are designed specifically for finding friends. They are not as popular, but fit your purpose perfectly. Among such projects are the TourBar companion search platform and the MyFriends dating service.

Find friends in online games

If you have never played multiplayer games, you may not realize how strong social bonds they create between players. In virtual worlds, they find not only real friends, but even future husbands and wives. nine0003

Games like Destiny, Overwatch and World of Warcraft create situations where you have to interact with strangers. You join forces with other players for the sake of common goals and experience joint adventures. In such conditions, it is easy to get close and find common topics for conversation. If you wish, you can continue to communicate in the real world.

Don't forget netiquette if you're dating online

  1. Tidy up your online profile. Remove posts and pictures that make you look worse than you really are. nine0051
  2. When publishing your profile for future friends, briefly describe your qualities, goals of acquaintance and interests.
  3. Try to write correctly, use punctuation marks.
  4. Do not overuse emoticons, exclamation marks and capital letters.
  5. Do not break the message into several parts unnecessarily. Finish the thought, and then send, so as not to annoy the interlocutor with a flood of notifications.
  6. Avoid commonplace remarks like “Hi, how are you?”. nine0051
  7. Don't swear.
  8. Don't joke.
  9. Do not argue over trifles, respect the other person's point of view.
  10. Be polite.

If your communication from the virtual world turns into the real one (which is exactly what you want, right?), You will certainly need the advice from the next paragraph.

How to find friends offline

If you are an old school person and do not like all this virtual stuff, you can always find interesting people in the real world. nine0003

Make friends at school or at work

Schools, universities and offices are places where people usually make new friends. But since you are reading this article, it means that this option did not work in your case.

If there are people in the team with whom you would like to make friends, but no one shows initiative, take it into your own hands. Talk to your manager about doing things together, like going after work to an anti-cafe or a bar. You can simply offer these options directly to your colleagues. An informal atmosphere will create the prerequisites for friendly relations. nine0003

If you study or work remotely, or there are no like-minded people in the team, there is a radical way - to change the place of work or study. But before taking decisive action, try the next option.

Look for friends in local sections and interest clubs

Another old-fashioned way to find friends is to join a sports section. It is advisable to choose a team sport like football, hockey or handball. Alternatively, consider dancing.

If you don't like active sports, try to find an interest club. This may be an institution where they play board games or discuss literature. Choose based on your interests: this will help you find like-minded people. The addresses of such clubs are usually available on the Internet.

Be mindful of manners when communicating in person

  1. Before the meeting, think about how to make the most of your time. Offer your options to new friends. Ask if they have suggestions.
  2. Don't be late for meetings: no one likes to wait.
  3. Do not violate the personal space of a person.
  4. Be open to new places, activities and travel.
  5. Use psychological tricks to please the other person.