Find New Friends with The Mingle Machine

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2012-02-08 15:34:05 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 18:07:45 -0600

Have you seen our new Mingle Machine, yet? If not, you can find it under your "Friends" tab in the navigation to the left labeled "Browse Members." The Mingle Machine helps you identify people with similar interests and backgrounds. And, when you add a friend, you'll be able to follow what they're doing in your activity feed and send them private inbox messages.

Why would you want to make new friends, you ask? It's a great way to get more understanding, support and companionship from others who share the same health challenges as you — all things that will help you better manage your condition. Your new friends can help you find ways to eat better, understand what medications or treatments work, or simply get you to laugh when you're having a bad day.

We hope you'll use our fun, new tool to make some new friends here and improve your life!

Here's a link:

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15 replies

martinezfiveo8 2012-02-08 15:09:37 -0600 Report

Where is the friends tab

jayabee52 2012-02-08 15:34:05 -0600 Report

If you're looking for the "Mingle machine" on your profile page go to the "Members" link (top right between "My Profile" and "inbox" links that will take you to the mingle machine. You'll have to "play" with your settings (I have set mine to "legendary" for the first slider to "Frequent" for the 2nd slider and "outgoing" with the bottom slider. I followed everyone who came up via those settings. Then I put the sliders in the middle for all three, and got a bunch of new folks and I followed them. Then I put the sliders over to the right and got some new folks and followed them.

There is also a selector where you can choose if you'd like your potential friends to be more interested in Type1, T2, LADA (1.5) or interested in diabetic neuropathy. You can check for people who are close to your city (although for mine in Las Vegas I got people from Washington State and Denver Colorado on the east and Texas in the south. The definition of close is not very tight at all. You could also click a box which keeps the age ranges of potential friends close to yours. I haven't tried that one yet.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-19 14:15:07 -0600 Report

How can we find people in our area when so many members do not give any info at all, I'm not asking for street address or even a city, if in the us what state, or in the case of large states what part of your state. For our friends out side of the us, if north of the border the same would work, whet province or what area of it, I guess it would work no matter what part of the world or( universe;}) you call home

Young1s 2012-01-18 18:36:02 -0600 Report

Hi Jeanette. Just a couple of silly questions if I may. Why were the dates when people joined removed from the member names in my friends lists in the first place? I'm 99% sure it used to be there. Why only 5 pages per search? Is there something wrong with the Location selector? I got a member name as far away as London, which is no way near me. Not that I wouldn't friend that person, I'm just saying… Not particularly important questions, just curiosities.

basicman2 2012-01-18 09:25:28 -0600 Report

My wife keeps telling me you have to eat 4 times a day and I can't. Years ago when I was in the USAF and worked for the USPost Office I cud but not now I'm not hungry. But when I watch TV I like to snack and she tells me drink something with it. What can I do to satisfy her and me at the same time?

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-18 10:04:36 -0600 Report

Having to eat at regular times is a pain. I have real problems with it. It is a constant topic in my support group meetings. The CDE that leads the support group says we should go no more than 5 hours without eating. I also received the same information from classes I have taken in diabetes management.
I usually have lunch around noon and then dinner between 8:00 to 10:00 pm. The CDE who leads the support group and its members gasp in horror.
I got tired of the continued lectures on eating times. I found that the best way to deal with it is to keep my numbers good and record them. When bothered I show my log and explain that I am doing great by doing it my way. I keep a copy of my latest A1c test (most recent 5.9%). I also have my meter handy to verify my log entries.
I did this with the CDE who runs my support group. She conceded my way was okay for me but did not encourage others to do the same. A shallow victory but I am no longer hassled.
Keep your numbers good and no one can argue with what you are doing.
Just don’t get angry. Your wife just loves you and wants to keep you around for a long time.

Caroltoo 2012-01-17 21:07:26 -0600 Report

Found a couple I could have sworn were my friend list, but now are not. So I'm refriending or friending, as the case may be.

I like the way it sorts people into groups by potential interests.

What does the last column on the right mean: "Update". What is being updated and by whom? Are we talking about our profile information? If so, I'm amazed at the number of times some people have updated.

Could we have the dates when people joined added to our friend list also? I noticed that come back up on the Mingle Machine this afternoon.

Good job, guys. I like it!!

GabbyPA 2012-01-17 21:01:21 -0600 Report

I love it! It helps me find friends in my list. You can search for folks in all kinds of ways. Enjoy everyone!

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