I just read a great post from @web20classroom and it made me think about friendships made through social media. Are these people less of a friend because I talk with them through twitter, email, blogs, Skype, etc? I think I might actually be in contact with them more regularly than my face to face friends.
Having arrived in Denver I have never felt out of place or alone Some people question the "realness" of friendships formed in the clouds. Can they last? I think that if we all taught in the same district, we would all be very close friends because friendship are not about where you met, they are about what keeps you together. We all share a core belief in education and technology and want nothing more than to change the landscape for the students of today and tomorrow.
I would never classify these people as "Social Media" friends. They are just friends. How do you feel about your friends from the cloud?
Off to a session! Tweet ya later!
So true, Nick! I used to say that Facebook was for people I "know in real life" and Twitter was for my virtual acquaintances. Lately, I've come to realize that I feel like I know more about some of my tweeps than those that I have met face to face over the years. One of my biggest disappointments about not being able to attend ISTE this year is not getting to actually "meet" people such as yourself, in person! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has found the lines of real-life blur via social media :)ReplyDelete
Very real friendships can be formed through social media! You're right about people in the same profession who naturally have plenty of common interests and goals, but simply don't live in the same place. But it's not limited to that either. I made a good friend through the internet who's as different from me as you can possibly imagine: age, gender, nationality, culture, religion, first language, profession ... you name it. In 'real life' we would never have had connected! (We've met a couple of times now).ReplyDelete
Many people prefer to be friends with someone they love or to get to that level where they can show their love or if you discover that the person is involved with someone else.ReplyDelete