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Love and Dating on Long Island

Suddenly single and looking for love, I try to help my friends find their perfect match. But as I am starting to learn, this isn't so easy.

It was a year ago when I got the call. My friend was hurting. She was
getting divorced and she needed to talk. A few weeks had passed and she wanted
to dip her feet into the dating pool. 

She asked if I knew someone nice for her. I told her that I didn’t but would keep my eyes and ears open.

Astonishingly, not five minutes later, while I was playing Scrabble on Facebook, a male friend of mine started a chat.  He had been divorced a while and had been in
a relationship. I asked him if he was still dating someone, and guess what?...He, too was single. I asked if he would be interested in meeting my friend and he was.

I exchanged their information and they went out on a date and hit it off. My first match was made. In an odd series of events over the course of the next week, several other single friends had asked me if I had nice people to set them up with. It was so strange to me because I hadn’t been asked to set someone up in years and in a matter of five days I had been asked no less than five times.

Then it occurred to me, I am at an age where my friends are starting to
get divorced. I remembered it happening to my parents' friends but back then they seemed so old that it didn’t even matter. Now I am that old and history is
repeating itself. 

Anyway, back to my single friends and their dating requests. My first match tapped out my pool of single male friends and I didn’t have more nice guys to set these amazing women up with. I asked my husband ”Wouldn’t it be great if there was a website where friends could set friends up on dates?”  That’s when the light bulb went on and the old saying came to mind ...”Find a need, meet a need.” 

I decided to start my own website to help my friends meet people as special as they are. I contacted my brother-in-law who is a computer engineer and the family genius. Together we worked to develop our new online dating site, www.Friend2FriendNetwork.com

The site creates networks of single friends and matchmaking friends known simply as “Matchmakers” on the site. Current dating sites promote computer
generated matches however on www.Friend2FriendNetwork.com trusted friends help make the matches. It brings a human touch to the world of internet dating by helping single people meet someone new through people who know them best.

It is so amazing to see how a series of events has led to this new venture and
chapter in my life. New members are joining daily. Currently there are members
in several states across the country. The site is free, unlike many other
dating sites that have costly monthly membership fees. The unique feature of
the site is that people who are not single are invited to join as "Matchmakers" and invite their single friends and family to join. In this way the site acts like a social networking site aimed at friends helpingfriends find love.

Dating today has changed so much since I was in the bar scene living in New York City many years ago. Seeing my friends navigate the Long Island dating scene as well as online dating has been a real eye opener on how things have really changed and how challenging it can be to meet a genuinely nice person.

I have truly learned so much from them; they are great teachers. It is their wisdom and experiences as well as those great dating stories and thoughts and observations on dating today I would love to share.

Follow my blog for dating tips and humorous dating stories and observations here at Plainview Patch or on Twitter @F2FNetwork. You can also check out my Facebook page at Facebook/Friend2FriendNetwork.com

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Cheryl Tomei August 03, 2012 at 09:12 PM
What a wonderful idea Meredith I will keep your site in mind for my friends.
Meredith Radisch August 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Thanks Cheryl!!

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