Twitter IRL (in real life)

23 Sep

When I was in high school, I remember using this new technology called the World Wide Web. I spent time in chat rooms and created a GeoCities page with my now embarrassing username, ChickyBaby732. Meeting people in person was a very scary idea. Parents and news stations always warned you about horror stories of abductions. Although, you still should be wary and check out virtual friends before meeting in person, it isn’t as passe as it once was.

All the time spent on Twitter, interacting with people online, sharing links or witty tweets, it becomes easy to be caught up in the digital world. Social Media is about building relationships, showing the masses someone is listening to them. Taking this a step further the past month or so, I decided to meet my virtual friends in real life. It has been an enlightening experience, all of the Twitter friends I’ve met have been friendly, genuinely nice people.

Twitter presents networking and friendship opportunities that weren’t readily available five years ago. It has become somewhat of a reputation builder. Looking into past tweets explains a lot about a person. Knowing in advance what your Twitter friend’s interests are, makes conversations easier. Getting a dose of their personality gives you better knowledge of compatibility. Its somewhat the match.com for friend finders, come to think of it. Probably the reason MeetUp has become so popular.

Here’s my suggestion: Take one lunch hour a week to meet someone you’re friends with on Twitter. Trade stories, or even interview them for your blog, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the new friend you just made IRL.

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3 Responses to “Twitter IRL (in real life)”

  1. asdf September 26, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    i am addicted to farmville

  2. weighty September 27, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    gonna send this to my mom

  3. Federal Student Loan Consolidation October 10, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    i am addicted to farmville
    +1

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