Move this thread to "Introduction" (and removed duplicate thread).
Welcome to Diablofans!
The best way to find players is to look for people in in-game communities. There are loads of them, depending on what you want to do; in general anything with "rift" in it has thousands of members and always people willing to join for some fun. If you're really just new, I also recommend communities that contain the words "boost" or "powerlevel", those are full of helpful people who will not only help you to acquire a first few levels or some starting gear, but might also be open to give helpful advice.