http://www.sci.fi/~signal/ is a decent and respectable website dedicated to the world pen pal community. Thousands of pen pals world over advertise in this and acquire new friends. Membership registration in this website is absolutely free and everyday thousands of people are enrolled into this website. The website is run and maintained by Raimo Kaarna who works full time for the propagation of pen pal friendship.
Though it is a dedicated website for pen pals, it also deals with a separate news coverage daily and deals with different newspapers, press display, news network net, world news on the web, world news by countries, African news by countries, 2000 internet radios and various global issues.
The website also has a signal pen pal magazine established in 1960 which deals with several pen pal issues. The advertisements in the Signal consist of the names - age - sex with email and / or postal addresses, languages, education and hobbies. One has to select his /her new friends from the advertisers and start writing. It says correspondence via email and snail mail is fun.
Hobbyists widen their hobbies and collections after knowing and writing to their new friends. They start swapping phone cards, computer software, CDs, cassettes, stamps, coins, banknotes, dolls and other things.
It says “Write and tell what you want to get and what you can give in return. Always take the first step in pen palling. To receive a letter from abroad, you must write a letter! Mention the Signal magazine when writing letters.”
It says that the internet magazine has a web readership of 1.000.000 in 9 years and hundreds more every day. 30 to-50 new pen pal listings are received via email and snail mail every day. They are added to the web edition several times daily and in the printed magazine later. It says that it is providing signal classifieds in the internet edition free of cost to all the members world over.