The same applies for connecting with people online whether it be with new friends or connecting with new people. Simply treat your online relationships like your real life ones. It’s not any different. And it’s not any harder. It just requires patience and sincerity. Real friendships are built slowly over time.
Pre-internet days, there were only three ways to connect with people: in-person, over the phone, or (gasp) by snail mail. Now thanks to social media today, it’s as if each social platform you have is like fifty front doors. Each metaphorical knock on one of those front doors becomes a notification coming in on your phone.