SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE -- Apr 17 -- Young professionals are turning to neatly packaged Web sites like Friendster, MySpace, NamesDatabase and LinkedIn to help them create relationships. "It is sort of the next generation of lifestyle portals," said Chris DeWolfe, CEO of MySpace.com. Michelle Wohl, marketing director for Friendster, said "really, the stigma is gone from meeting people online." That stigma is what spurred Jonathan Abrams to start Friendster in 2003. He had been unsuccessful in online dating, calling it "a bit creepy," and decided a better way to meet people was through common friends. The "viral nature" of the trend has grown Friendster's membership to 15 million. MySpace, whose slogan is "A place for friends," is gaining on Friendster with 9 million users. It has focused on a specific interest, music, and the company has even organized large parties. NamesDatabase offers fewer bells and whistles. It has revenues of $1 million, runs on two Dell servers. Users must submit more than 20 e-mail addresses of friends to the database for full access or buy a $12 subscription. The site boasts 13 million users. LinkedIn is targeted at business people who use the site to find employees or clients. It has 2 million users, many of whom are high-ranking execs.