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How do we make social networking about being social again? The idea of bringing people back offline in the online world we live in.

What if we lived in a world where social networking actually meant that we continued the conversation offline after connecting online? The world has changed drastically over the last decade with the rapid growth of technology, in many ways for the better. Connecting with friends you haven't seen or heard from in years is accessible with the click of a button. We can now physically see our loved ones across the world through applications like Skype and Google Hangouts.

What about meeting new people though? Meetup gives people the ability to create groups around a specific hobby or idea, where they can actually go out and do something in a collaborative effort. Linkedin helps connect people together based off of their skills and network. Facebook keeps people connected online, but what if that could be taken back to the real world? Www.atthepool.com is a social discovery platform to help find people close to you that are interested in the same activities, beliefs, and passions.

What kind of things do you do to stay active in your community offline, and constantly build your network? Would you use a platform that helped make this process easier?

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  • Jun 13 2013: It's really important to have a solid network of friends, one of which you connect with on a deeper level. The difference between acquaintances and friends lies within the level of trust. I consider my close friends (and family) to be people that I can rely on through thick and thin. Whereas, acquaintances can still be great friends, but I know that I wouldn't count on them if sh** hit the fan. There is nothing wrong with that, you just have to determine which of your friends you can count on.

    An interesting article relating to loneliness and people. There is also a Hacker News posting about people's first-hand experiences below.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113176/science-loneliness-how-isolation-can-kill-you
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5700562

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