When I stepped off the Airporter bus at Grand Central Station and took a picture of the terminal’s iconic facade, I had a specific friend in mind. Debra Roth (@pinkdeb), who I’ve known since 2009, is always posting images of New York buildings on Instagram. The following day, when I finally met her for the first time at PlannerTech, I told her all about it.
In fact, there were several people at PlannerTech with whom I’ve been talking and working for years, who I met for the first time in real life at the event, including @lizkingevents, @camerontoth and @eventsforgood. Being able to put voices and bodies to their avatars was tremendously fulfilling.
How many friendships do you have that are virtual? Does it strike you as strange that these online connections are becoming more a part of the social fabric of our lives?