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Profile done, there’s nothing for it but to start contacting potential friends.Swallowing my doubts – and fears of being rejected – I ‘add’ half a dozen women on each site.I’ve resolved to be open-minded and have just two criteria for my choices: they must look friendly and we should have one shared interest.By evening I’ve received a response, from a woman on Girlfriend Social who recently relocated from New York.Earlier this year, I left my job at a newspaper to go freelance.Having spent the best part of a decade in an office, I’m now working from home. At the same time, the past few years have seen my non-work social group dwindle.There are women out there who want to be my friend as much as I want to be theirs.
I worry that I might disappoint, or run out of things to say. The auburn-haired figure with the shy smile is Johanna, a 32-year-old mature student I message on Citysocializer, and my first friendship date.By the time I meet my second date, Juliana, a 36-year-old barrister I come across on Citysocializer, I feel like an old hand. I was quite nervous about meeting for a whole meal – there’s no easy get-out in the way there is for a coffee. Juliana’s reasons for joining the site are similar to mine.