I've discovered that a very small number of people on DS are taking the time to welcome new members to the site. I thought this might be a good way for some of us to reach out and make friends while also helping hurting people to find our groups where they can receive support. There are so many new people coming daily that many get no hugs from anyone as new members.
If you're interested, to find the newest people on DS, just click on "People"
Then click on "Newest Members"
Next hover your cursor over the icon/avatar to see some basic info about the person.
If you want to know more just click on the icon/avatar to go to their profile.
On both of these pages you can click on "give a hug" except for the people who have private profiles. I invite them to be my friend, even though I know nothing about them, but you need to decide for yourself what you'll do.
You don't have to do a friend request until after you've gotten to know the person through some hugs and messages.
It would also help me to keep our group growing if you would invite them to this group when you give them a welcome hug, or invite your friends to our group if they aren't already a member!
Here's how I do this:
I open two windows to DS, then I go to our group--the main page-- in one window and copy the address from the top of the page.
Then go to your hug you're creating and paste the address into the hug. Then after your hug is ready, copy the hug so you can re-paste it.
Save it in Word, etc. so you can use it again over and over.
This saving and copying and re-pasting is also what I do with the designs I send in hugs. I didn't create them, someone else posted them in a group for everyone who wants to so we can all copy and paste.
What do you think? I hope some of you will help me with inviting others to our group and welcoming new members!