Meet Local Moms: Tips for Improving Your Mom Meet Mom Profile

meeting local moms Every now and then, a mom joins our site, creates a profile, and… comes up empty. As in there are no matches generated. Sounds discouraging, right? But there are two reasons this might happen to a great mom. First, she lives in an area where Mom Meet Mom hasn’t hit the collective consciousness. When that happens, we ask for patience because we’re getting there, we promise! Second, there’s a chance that this otherwise awesome mom has undersold herself. Our nifty algorithm literally can’t generate matches without information, and moms using the site’s search function to look for new friends won’t find our hypothetical mom if her profile is bare.

We’re not saying you have to go all TMI to use Mom Meet Mom, but beefing up your profile can really make a difference when it comes to finding the coolest moms in your area and online. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you create a user profile that shows the world just how amazing you really are.

Answer every question field: The more information you share, the more matches we can find for you and the easier it is for other Mom Meet Mom users to find you in profile searches. Plus, your answers to profile questions give other moms a real look at your lifestyle, personality, and what makes you so great.

Upload a profile picture: A picture lets people know you’re real and friendly, and yours will probably be the first thing other Mom Meet Mom users see when your profile comes up in match lists and searches. You don’t have to use a portrait – an image that speaks to you on a personal level is good, too – but showing your smiling face can make your profile more accessible.

Avoid negativity: If you’ve ever gone out for coffee or lunch with someone who did nothing but complain about her job and her husband and politics, then you know what a turn-off negativity can be. Positive people attract other positive people!

Personalize your profile: What makes you you? What makes your family unique? Go beyond the basic details and describe why you like and believe the things you do. A well-rounded profile is proof you’re a real person and sincere.

Proofread: Your profile is a lot like a resume – a friendship resume! At best, typos in your profile will keep you from appearing in relevant site searches. At worst, grammar and spelling errors will turn potential friends off.

Don’t overshare: Sometimes TMI really is TMI. There are things that we all share with our best girlfriends – and shouldn’t necessarily share with new friends or friends we haven’t met yet. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t tell your kid’s teacher about it, leave it off your profile.

Be yourself: Sure, you could game the system by giving the “right” answers to every profile question – hint: there are no right answers – but the whole point of Mom Meet Mom is to meet moms who share your values. The more authentic you are, the more likely it is that you’ll connect with the kind of moms who will eventually become your tribe.

Oh, and there’s one more thing you can do:

Spread the word: You can actually help us make your (and other moms’) experience on the site better by telling your pediatrician, your OB, your midwife, and your friends about Mom Meet Mom. They’ll tell the moms they know about the site, and you’ll start getting matches in no time!

No Matches? Tips for Using Mom Meet Mom to Connect Online

Here’s a little hypothetical scenario:

Uh oh! You’ve filled in your profile but it looks like there aren’t any matches in your area. Yet. Believe it when we say that we’re doing everything we can to spread the word about Mom Meet Mom so that every mom, everywhere, gets tons of matches.

But for now, if you’re corner of the map doesn’t have many moms signed up or none of them are on your unique wavelength, check out our search capabilities. With our advanced filters, you can proactively search for moms based on whatever criteria are important to you.

Social network Mom Meet Mom is also a great place to create the ultimate virtual support network. How? That’s where our forum comes in!

meet moms - social networking sites for momsIt’s an awesome place to meet moms from all over for friendship, advice, support, or a good old fashioned rant-fest.

Why connect with other moms online through Mom Meet Mom? While many people are still pretty skeptical when it comes to online friends being “real” friends, the people you meet virtually can actually enhance your life – and mothering experience – in lots of different ways.

Your posse of online moms (once you create a posse, that is) will be there to do all the things a mom’s group can do… share your enthusiasm, calm your worries, commiserate with your struggles, give you mothering tips, and even listen to your rants. Best of all, it can feel like there’s always at least one online friend ready to cheer you on, offer advice, or give you a virtual hug. Your mom posse is like an instant support network – just log on.

The key to making the kind of online friends that are as special to you as your local besties is being a good online friend yourself. There may be different levels of friendship, but we suggest treating online relationships with the same care and thoughtfulness you give to people you meet in person. That means respecting other moms’ feelings and choices, listening as much as you talk (well… type), and treating your friends’ concerns as important. Plus, laughing together and celebrating the good things with one another. And making each other feel good.

So not that different from sitting across from a girlfriend at Starbucks on a Saturday afternoon, if you think about it.

Right now, we say no matches? No worries. Mom Meet Mom is building a community of amazing moms that makes it easy to find friendship, help, hope, and support – even when you’re the only one in your zip code using the site.

That said, did you know you can actually help us make your (and other moms’) experience on the site better by telling your pediatrician, your OB, your midwife, and your friends about Mom Meet Mom? They’ll tell the moms they know about the site, and you’ll start getting matches in no time!