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39% of Americans spend more time socializing online than face-to-face. As friendships themselves increasingly migrate online, it’s only natural that friendship-making will too. People discovery applications all vie to be the best place to meet new people, as Jon Swartz said, “It's digital Darwinism at warp speed.”
These networks must solve not only how to create online friendships, but also can they blur the offline and online worlds to turn online friends into in-real-life friends? These apps attempt to answer how technology can replicate “the spark” – that moment of meeting someone special, and how these meetings can translate into real friendships.
Few in-person encounters are utterly random: there is usually a shared interest or commonality that brings them together. Join MeetMe, Badoo, and Tagged as they discuss loneliness, engineering serendipity, and how online encounters can become offline friendships for the masses.
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