How To: Make Friends (With Gifs)

If you’re like me then you’re probably tired of talking to yourself. Making friends is hard. Especially IRL, on Chatous it’s a little easier since everyone is also there to make friends. Plus, you can practice your real life social skills and make awesome online friends along the way.
Here are some tried and true tips on friend-making so you don’t miss out on your future Biffle.

First let’s talk about what a friend is:
giphy-3F is for Friends who do things together

A Friend is Someone Who:
  • Listens to you
  • Laughs at your dumb jokes (This is crucial, all my jokes are dumb)
  • Empathizes with you
  • You can tell anything to
  • Is honest with you
  • You never run out of things to talk about with
  • You have inside jokes with
  • Tolerates your incessant complaining
  • Is amused by and/or interested in your weird interests (Aliens, ghosts, alternate realities)


Holla if you like weird stuff

Many of you who have social anxiety like myself are probably wondering “Who needs friends when you have Netflix?”

Well, let me tell you why friends are important:
  • They can improve your mood
  • They encourage you to do things that inspire you OR dumb stuff that will get you in trouble but will still probably be really fun
  • Support you in tough times
  • Friends can help you know yourself better and shape who you become
  • Friends alleviate loneliness

Making friends on Chatous
There is no right or wrong way to make a friend.
These are just a few tips so you can brush up on your Chattiquette.

Check your Chattitude at the door
Chatous is for finding friends, not bullying or offending someone else’s culture or lifestyle. For those of you who do this I only have this to say to you:
“I have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop trolling now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will ban you.”
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Liam Neeson is my spirit animal

Speaking of trolls…trolling can be fun from time to time, who doesn’t love a little trollish behavior. Just make sure you’re not offending someone with your troll ways. Who knows, you might meet your troll soulmate (trollmate) .
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Me trolling someone on Chatous. (I’m the blue)

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Friend Making
  • DO ask open ended questions.

On Chatous I usually like to ask people questions about where they live and how they like it, what they do for fun etc. and then see how it compares to where I live and the things I do. For example: “What do you like about living in antarctica? What do you do for fun? What was it like being raised by polar bears?” You never know what you could have in common with an Antarctican(?) raised by Polar Bears.(This is exhibit A of a dumb joke that only a friend would laugh at..and maybe not even then.)


  • DON’T ask for a pic first thing. It’s plain rude.

There’s a reason Chatous doesn’t have profile pics. We want to encourage people to get to know each other for who they are, not what they look like. After you get to know someone it’s socially acceptable to ask, but asking first thing is a blatant violation of the unspoken laws of the Chatousphere.


  • DO send pics of a view from your window or the street.

I love getting photos like this. It gives me a sense of my new friends life. This is the pic I like to send so people have an idea of where I live and what I do. (AKA drink champagne on rooftops and troll Chatous in my spare time)


  • DON’T Just use Chatous for meeting a gf/bf.

It’s not a dating site. There’s more to life people. Sure people meet all the time on Chatous and fall in love and its really cute blah blah (see: A Controversial Love Story) but if you’re using it for the sole purpose of online dating, you could be missing out on meeting some really interesting friends.


  • DO Share media.

I love sending gifs (obviously) and memes and YouTube vids to my new friends, it’s fun to bond over something hilarious and get an idea of someone else’s sense of humor. Here are a few of my fav YouTube vids ATM:

Rob Cantor’s Shia LeBeouf – Epic

Three Beat Slide – Can’t tell if they’re trolling or serious

Drunk Kitchen – Classic

  • DO Find things you have in common.

Talk about music, sports, food, culture, hobbies, etc. Finding someone in another part of the world who likes some of the same stuff you do is such a cool feeling.


Seeeee? Making friends isn’t too hard. Just follow these simple steps for a bustling social life. You can work on your real life social skills some other time. Your online friends are waiting for you.
Yours truly,
Be my friend! Please?!

I would like to amend this blog with another “Don’t.”
  • DON’T beg people to be your friend…It’s unbecoming. Oops.
But for real. Add me.

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