She soon realized the obstacles to a friendship that women face today are vastly different from those our mothers encountered.
"Many things have changed including the expectations women put on themselves.
Safety is a major concern for Blain and Girlfriend Social.
Although her site gives women opportunities to share personal details (helpful in matching new friends), she leaves it up to each participant to decide how much to reveal about herself.
As one woman wrote, "Posting on Craig's List is not something I'd normally do, but it can be difficult meeting people the old-fashioned way." But Craiglist is not foolproof.
Some who have used it to seek out goods or services have been scammed or even robbed; many of the listings despite being in the "strictly platonic" section are not.
In comparison, a membership-based internet friendship site makes it easy and safe for women to reach out to each other and search for friends who would be most compatible.
One of the largest social networking sites exclusively for females 18 and older, Girlfriend Social (GFS) enables users to seek out and connect with like-minded women in hundreds of cities and communities across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.