Comment, post, make funny jokes, chat, then if things start getting pretty serious, start chatting, texting or even (gasp! You probably get a million invites to things like random birthday parties, special events for businesses you've never patronized, and friends doing live home births (true story). Sometimes all it takes is that one rare unicorn who kind of gets you to open up a whole new world of people. Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads.
Meet Up advertises events that happen all over the world, and they have some oddly specific events.
I don't doubt you can make REAL friends if you adopt that same patience and easy going nature of the past.
Trying too hard and putting too much pressure on yourself will get you nowhere.
But the actually doing it...well, it's about as fun as a brief encounter with a freezing cold speculum while your panties are in a wad on a plastic chair in a freezing cold (and poorly lit) office. OK, so maybe I'm being dramatic, but unless you're one of those natural social butterflies or one of the rare birds who still regularly hangs out with all your high school friends, finding new people is tough. Even science has looked at the issue of adult friendships and found that without serious work, it's basically all downhill once you hit your late 20s.
But, IMHO these have helped me snag new members for my grown-up tribe.