Jim Drake was nice enough to link to me today when he listed his friends he’s made through Twitter in the last year. The point of the post was to show that you can use technologies like Twitter and blogging to make real friends…even if you never meet them.
Now, Jim and I have met so I guess that makes us “real” friends, but I would argue to my last breath that friends made online are no less real than someone you know in person. Throughout 2008 I’ve met both in person and virtually a lot of great people from Twitter. I’m made friends, helped people and even won some new business. Take David for example. We’ve never met. But over the course of the year he’s become one of my best friends and is my accountability partner. And trust me, if I am close enough to someone to open up about my problems in life, they are a friend.
Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter here.
Note: This doesn’t include video game characters. If your best friend is your character in World of Warcraft, well that’s just disturbing.