Anyone who has used Facebook for more than a short while and is not completely closed to accepting friend requests and at least occasionally meeting new people is well aware that there is a big difference between “friends” and “Facebook friends”. Even if you are Not in fact a LION* chances are that your “Facebook friends” are an odd mixture of people whom you’ve known in different places and at different times over the years of your life. I have some good friends who maintain in their minds (and thus in their realities) a very real distinction between “friends” and “online friends”.
A buddy recently mentioned to me that he personally will not agree to meet an online friend face to face without first speaking with them on the telephone. And I know this buddy is hardly alone in that point of view. (As a hearing impaired person who physically can NOT talk on the phone, I would be tempted to say something like “stay the frig away from me you hearing chauvinist”, except that he is a good friend whom I’ve known for years and who is in fact extremely accommodating about my hearing problem.) I personally do not make any distinction between “online friends” and “friends”. For me they are all just friends. After yesterday talking about and linking to a handful of old friends, I thought that today I would throw a bit of link love to some of my newer friends:
Holly Jahangiri— writer, mom, social media bon vivant and super blogger is the author of A Puppy Not A Guppy and several other children’s books as well as the recently released Innocents And Demons. Like me, Holly is an online old-timer going back to the earliest days of Compu$erve and GENIE, where she was a sysop. (Sysop is a low tech synonym for indentured servant who runs forums not for pay but to avoid huge online access bills.) While Holly tells me that she is not a LION* she has over the years built up a huge circle of friends, fans and admirers who visit her personal blog (It’s All A Matter Of Perspective) and who are now flocking to her newest niche blog The Next Goal.
Tom Cooley is totally drama free. While he is something of an expert at promoting content (ask him about Buzzfeed) he tends to be on the quiet side and almost never raises his voice nor gets rankled. Tom has developed a big interest in aquaponics and along with Michael Q Todd is one of the founders of #sustainchat which is working to use social media to work on addressing the environmental and social needs of our planet for a sustainable tomorrow.
Jake Kern is a true friend. With a remarkable eye and hours of research each day, Jake publishes Inherently Infinite and Intimate a collection of some of the best photography to be found on the interwebz. Jake has a remarkable gift for understanding people and mediating disputes and is a lot of fun to hang out and shoot the breeze with. As I said to Dane yesterday “…the thing of it is, to have friends you have to be a friend. Whatever that means to you. (and your friends)”.
If you haven’t already met these folks, I urge you to check out their blogs and say hello. (I assure you none of them bite; and if Holly threatens to stick Prunebutt on you don’t worry, he’s imaginary.) Here’s hoping that your week is going well.
PS–the photo above does NOT depict MY “Facebook friends” 😉