If you’ve tried online dating or meet-up groups, you have probably tried using some of the old standby online dating sites to meet someone outside of your current network. These days, most of us know folks who spent some time using an online dating site surfing through profiles, and met their significant other or spouse that way. But now that online dating is the norm, what’s next?
The founders of Meet In Real Life wanted to solve a modern dilemma: we each had a great group of friends, and some of us were married or had a significant other. But we wanted to be able to suggest “how about we go rock climbing?” or “meet in real life while trying a new restaurant for dinner?” and branch out and meet new people who shared these interests. Sometimes you have a great circle of friends to go to the bar and watch football with, but nobody who wants to go mountain biking. Maybe your kayaking friends aren’t into watching foreign films. Your friends are fantastic for shopping trips and pedicures, but none of them has children. Or you have plenty of friends of the opposite sex, but need to find someone new to date who really shares your interests.
We use our online networks to make social plans, to share photographs, to find answers to our questions, and a whole host of other things. The online networks we create, whether based on real life relationships or online ones, can become the base of our social operations. But how about we use the Internet to meet new friends outside of our network?
The perfect post on MIRL suggests a specific activity the user is interested in doing to an audience of potential friends outside his or her current network. For example, “How about we Run After Work in Chevy Chase, MD?” or “Meet in Real Life while going to the U2 Concert at the Verizon Center? Have Extra Ticket!” are excellent examples of MIRLs that will get noticed. Being specific helps others find you, and helps you connect with new friends quickly and easily.
MIRL makes it easy to connect with someone new or try a new activity every now and then. We’re not looking to keep you here for long periods of time. You won’t find games or anything intended to waste your time. The whole intention of our site is to help our users find someone with a mutual interest, make a connection, get out from behind their computers and Meet in Real Life offline. We do our best to filter out those “scary” folks you might run into on some of the other sites, and keep our community clean.
So get posting, and get out there! You’ll be glad you did.