What are the best resources for meeting people near me?

If you consider yourself an extrovert or perhaps, you just love to socialize and meet new friends, here’s a list of resources for meeting people nearby. Who knows? Casual dating or even friendship could blossom into a meaningful relationship

asked by Anonymous
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    #1Craigslist

    Craigslist

    Craigslist is a website that contains advertisements of all kinds. It includes personal ads, job offerings, services wanted, items for sale, real estate for sale, as well as discussions. It was founded by Craig Newmark in 1995.

    Websites

    Free

    Mark Walters
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "Craigslist is a great way to meet really normal people near me. I posted an ad looking for a friend and had several people interested in getting together in just a couple hours. I really like the casual encounters section best."
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    #2Match.com

    Match.com
    Match.com is the first, largest, and most global dating site.
    Websites

    $20.99- 12 months, varies by plan

    Samuel Russell
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "Match.com gives me to the option to login with either facebook or create an account for myself to look up potential suitors in my area. The people I will be matched to based on my preferences (for example my interests, age, gender and any other information needed) that I put into their website."
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    #3Minecraft Realms

    Minecraft Realms
    Minecraft Realms is a paid multiplayer server hosting service, provided by Mojang, designed to be easily set up and used by you and up to ten of your friends.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Free Trial

    Jonathan Alexander
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "There are tons of people around us to meet but maybe we just don't have a way to meet these people. Looks like with Minecraft Realms you can create online areas that people can join and play with you. If they are interested in Minecraft then you are likely to meet up with these people since you will be having the same interest in Minecraft."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Geolocation is the process of identifying the geographic location of a particular object or person using the method of digital information which is processed by means of the internet. Satellites are used in order to identify coordinates for an object or a person more accurately.

 DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that geolocation is the second most accurate time tracking tool next to the atomic clock? Aside from the fact that it helps us determine location information, geolocation is also known to determine the time accurately. Because of this, many banking and financial institutions are using GPS and geolocation as the basis for determining the exact time to manage transactions precisely. Studies also show that the increasing use of geolocation has resulted in the growth in the satellites usage. In fact, there are more than 1,300 satellites going around the earth right now. Geolocation technology also has a great impact on our everyday lives – from operating our businesses to knowing the geographic location of a person in real-time.

Furthermore, smartphones are GPS-enabled. This means that you can easily identify where your friend is, or the other way around regardless of privacy concerns. The GPS chip inside your smartphone works by using satellite data to calculate your exact location.

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    #4Meetup

    Meetup

    Meetup offers ways for people to find a specific kind of group in their area or allows people to start their own group. The site says that over 2,000 meetup groups get together in local communities each day.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Thomas Holmes
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "Meetups is indeed an awesome way to enrich and diversify ones' social, intellectual & cultural reach. By my lights, using this approach to facilitate meeting new circles of people validates the job that this new website is all about. I have used this type of channels before to do just that, and I have never regretted doing so. "
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    #5HomeTown Buddy

    HomeTown Buddy

    HomeTown Buddy is a mobile application where you can easily connect and find different people from your home country near your current location. It searches for people in real time and can even choose to find people from other countries. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    HomeTown Buddy
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Are you curious if someone from your HomeTown is around you? Are you missing the conversations and gossips from your HomeTown? Or just want to widen your network and meet people of different backgrounds from any part of the world? This new innovative app, by the name of HomeTown Buddy, allows you to do just that! Amazing right?"
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    #6Taimi

    Taimi

    Taimi is a dating and social app developed by Social Impact Inc. It features tight security for its users, an account verification to avoid fraud and a two-factor authentication process.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Justin Theisen
    Written on November 23, 2018
    "Taimi is a FREE LGBT social network application which makes finding a perfect guy, making friends and forming meaningful relationships easier than ever before. It's a safe, secure and reliable tool for building new connections within the gay community."
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    #7Showaround

    Showaround
    Showaround connects travelers in search of unique travel experiences with locals who are ready to show them around their cities.
    Websites

    Free

    Eric Morgan
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I'm new to this city, and really don't know anyone outside of work who can show me around the town. Thankfully I discovered Showaround, which connects you to locals who want to introduce you to the greatest hidden treasures in their city. I've met some really cool people doing this, and had a blast!"
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    #8Happn

    Happn

    With Happn, users can meet and interact with other people. This free dating mobile application is available for both Android and iOS devices. Developed by HAPPN SAS, the app was fully created on a principle of reciprocity.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kyle Hawkins
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "This app is great for meeting people with similar interests in my area! It lets me see pictures, common friends and interests and what people are up for doing if we meet. It really makes it easy to find people I would like to get to know."
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    #9Nearby

    Nearby
    Start meeting new people nearby by getting out and doing what you love.
    Apps

    Windows

    Free

    Sean Holmes
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "So I recently used Nearby because I wanted to meet some people in the neighborhood I just moved to in South Florida. A friend told me he had good success with it for his purposes, so I gave it a shot too. The experience was overall a good one. I do wish I knew how to filter out more people that I know I would not be compatible with. I ended up meeting two great friends through Nearby. "
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    #10LOVOO

    LOVOO
    An app to find people nearby in a fun and easy way. Discover who has the same interests and chat with people in your area. You never know, you might even meet the love of your life.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Salvador Durán
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "I've been using this for a week and I've already met a dozen people. It is so easy to use and you can meet new people within the same day and even within the same hour. It was very fun posting my likes and interacting with other users who have the same interests near me. I highly recommend this product."
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    #11hi5

    hi5
    With this app you'll be able to meet and chat with new people.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Willie Rios
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "My experience with hi5 was just okay. It works like any other location-based dating app except it has a fun, short matching game when you first sign up which is supposed to make it easier to meet local people. Unfortunately, not too many people use hi5 in my area. I bet it is just as good as the other major dating apps if you live in a high population area."
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    #12Tinder

    Tinder

    Tinder is much more than a dating app where you can meet new people and locals around you. You will be able to see lots of profiles based on your interests and choose only those you want to meet and know more about.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Keith Peterson
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "I have used many social dating/networking sites, most with marginal success. I had heard often about Tinder- mostly for casual meetings. I wasn't looking for that, but I decided to give it a try and see if things could turn out any different. I'm very happy to say that yes indeed, Tender is good for more than just casual meetings! I have been on several serious (non "hook-up") dates all with very awesome women, and I'm currently seeing someone exclusively who I met through Tinder. So, if you're not looking for something short term but unhappy with other options, give Tinder a try!"
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    #13Grindr

    Grindr

    Grindr is a social app to meet and socialize with gay or bi guys around. This app lets you chat and meet attractive and interesting guys for free, or with an upgraded account (Grindr XTRA) enjoy more features and fun.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Randy Matthews
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "This resource makes it easy for me to find and meet people with my same values and desires. There have been a few "rotten apples" pulled from the Grindr site, but that hasn't stopped me from having some fun relationships."
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    #14FEM

    FEM

    FEM is a free video dating app for lesbians and bisexuals to meet people nearby and find their special someone, make new friends and more. This uses a GPS technology to get your location and find other users near you. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jacob Perry
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "Don't guess at the the nature of others in your undedicated chat rooms any more. Fem has all the features of general chat, videos, and Tinder like profiles (video as well) for the lesbian community in you area and afield as well. Leave the picture book nature of the others and see who it is you are taking a potential interest in."
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    #15Radar Rabbit

    Radar Rabbit
    Radar Rabbit is a new social network for the Windows Phone. Meet people and make new friends from around the world.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kevin Harrison
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "I decided to try out Radar Rabbit on my last road trip. I was traveling, camping in parks, and generally being a tourist. This app was excellent!. I not only met a few interesting people along my journey, but I got all kinds of suggestions on hikes and attractions to check out. I would have missed a lot of cool stuff without Radar Rabbit...and it's free!"
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    #16Urbansurf

    Urbansurf

    Urbansurf is a social app dedicated to people who travel locally and internationally. This travel app aims to help travelers find and discover the best tourist destinations in a country. Lastly, it helps them to find new friends along their travel.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Serkan Pulat
    Written on February 27, 2019
    "Meeting people based on things you have in common is the best way to go. Have you ever reached a new destination and wondered what you were going to do or how you were going to meet people? Urbansurf is the app for you. This app helps you connect with like-minded people for small group meetups for sharing experiences over coffee, taking a tour around the city, or any activity that you want to do. Whether you’re a traveler, a local, or new to a city, Urbansurf can help you find others with similar interests and make new friends."
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    #17ATLETO

    ATLETO
    ATLETO is a free social sports app with one simple purpose: Connecting everyday athletes. Get the best match between you and other athletes in your area.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Dan Li
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "If you are looking for sports minded people like your self, then this is for you! I think this is great and a handy tool to hook up with someone that share your love of sports."
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    #18MeetMe

    MeetMe

    MeetMe - Go Live, Chat & Meet is a chatting and social networking app developed by MeetMe, Inc. for iOS and Android devices. The app gives users the opportunity to meet new friends through online chat.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Moisés Sánchez
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "This is a pretty good site to give you the opportunity to meet others. I'm excited that I can meet others from all over the world. I can have relationships like I've never had before. I love to meet other people and would love to see points of view of others from other countries. This is an easy, unique, and effective way to share ideas with others who are alike. "
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    #19Badoo

    Badoo

    Badoo is one of the largest and safest dating networks in the world. It allows you to discover people nearby, swipe to meet and match with new people, and make video calls before you meet them for real.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Edward Allen
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "Badoo is excellent for meeting people close to you. I used it when I moved to a new city and, immediately almost, I was able to connect with some really cool people. I also used it to find dates. It is literally the reason that I have friends in my new city. I highly recommend Badoo! "
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    #20Chatrandom

    Chatrandom

    Chatrandom is a free Android Chatroulette app for chatting random people. After a user is paired with a random person for video chat, the next step is to swipe right to connect with a new user. The app also has a web platform.

    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free

    Tomás Olivares
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Chatrandom is a wonderful platform that I have used to help come out of my social shell. It is awesome as it allows you to search by area and start conversations with people and if things are not going well just swipe right to move on to someone new. I have met so many wonderful people and some of which I still keep in touch with. Highly recommend it to anyone new in an area or looking to meet new folks."
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    #21Blendr

    Blendr

    Blendr will use GPS technology to know your location and automatically find other users near you to chat with them, where you will be able to arrange a meeting. You will also be able to know the interests of these nearby singles.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Thomas Rogers
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "This looks like a carbon copy of Tinder, with a lot of in app purchases - this makes me think that I must pay to contact someone. They should really make it so that the person SENDING the first message can only send from a selection of generic topic starters, and then after that you can pay if you decide that the other person might be real. Otherwise, you'll be paying to contact bots and catfish."
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    #22JustSayHi

    JustSayHi

    JustSayHi is an online social chat where you can browse video profiles and group chat with people around you, to make friends and meet with people around the world. The dating and Chatroulette app is available for Android devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Louis Foster
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I just recently moved to Boulder, CO and I was looking for a resource to meet people near me so I could make new friends. I downloaded this app called JustSayHi which is a free online social chat network, to try to make new connections in this city. Unfortunately, it seems like a majority of the profiles are fake accounts and bots. For every real account, there are roughly 10 fakes accounts on this platform."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for meeting people near me
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CraigslistWebsites 24 Free
2Match.comWebsites 14 Paid
3Minecraft RealmsSoftware 7 Free
4MeetupApps 5 Free
5HomeTown BuddyApps 1 Free
6TaimiApps 1 Free
7ShowaroundWebsites 1 Free
8HappnApps 1 Free
9NearbyApps 0 Free
10LOVOOApps 0 Free
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