How to Locate People With Similar Interests

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Locating people with similar interests can help you expand your own skills, find new friends and acquaintances, network and more. Whether you are looking for fellow knitters, comic book fans or computer programmers, or trying to find people with similar interests locally or online, the strategies are similar.

Work Globally

  • Take advantage of the capabilities of the Internet. Look for and begin participating in message boards related to your interest. You may have to find several before you find the right online community fit for you; however, this can be a great way to find individuals with similar interests. Many large online communities even include boards for smaller local areas.

  • Start and publicize a blog on your interest. Sharing your interest and knowledge can help you locate others with the same interest. Keep your blog professional or show off your quirky side, depending upon the interest and what you hope to achieve.

  • Use social networking. Applications like Twitter have made it easier to find and come in contact with others who share your passions. Be sure to include your interests in your profiles, and add others with the same interests. Respond to people you would like to know more about, whether in a personal or professional capacity.

Look Locally

  • Check your local events calendars, libraries, or community centers for meetings, classes or activities related to your interest. Visit local stores where people share your interests and find out if the employees are aware of group activities. If one isn't available, consider starting one.

  • Consider joining major organizations that offer smaller local meetings, both for professional and personal interests. Writers, photographers, artists, gardeners and more may find this a good option.

  • Look online for local groups or activities for people with similar interests. Websites like Meetup and Yahoo Groups can help you find local groups.

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