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  • Consider:

    1. Twitter has changed the definition of ‘human interaction’

    There are some people, particularly on Twitter, whom I’ve never met before but have come to know simply because
    of Twitter’s format. Through tweets, I get ‘bite-sized’ info of their lives and interests and over time have built up a snapshot (and I hope I’ve done the same for them) of their personalities. I should be putting more effort into meeting all of these people, but based on my experience of meeting one of them, the intereaction via Twitter prior to meeting was helpful in breaking the ice.

    2. Facebook has changed the concept of a ‘friend’

    On FB, how many people do you know have over 1000 friends? over 500? In fact, I bet 99% of your FB friends have at least 100 friends.
    Out of these 100, how many of those would a person actually spend time with in person at least one day a year? Maybe 50% at most?

    Shouldn’t the traditional, more widely accepted, definition of friendship include people you spend time with and enjoy each other’s company? Today, the definition has changed to include that of someone you met at a random event or occassion and once and awhile like his or her pictures or statues. There’s nothing wrong with this latter meaning. In fact, it would be challenging to say the least that you could actually convert 500 “FB friends” into “real friends.”

    My point with all of the above is that it is not only about saving time that we interact with people the way we do through social
    media, but it’s become a matter of having different types of “friends” at different stages: some we’ve never met, some we’ve met once, some we know well, and some that would become part of our wedding entourage one day. And we interact with these different stages of friends in appropriate ways.

    With all of this in mind, what’s great is that developers are listening and realizing that we need to interact more in person. Platforms are being developed to bridge the online and offline worlds.

    One such platform that I’m a big fan of is Foursquare.com. You create a profile and check in to venues (restaurants, stores, even subways, etc.). After you’ve built up a friends list, you get alerts (and they alerted of your activity) whenever they’re nearby which is a great opportunity to meet up with someone you don’t know very well but perhaps can grab a coffee with because you happen to be in the vicinity. The only issue right now is low adoption but as these platforms become more popular, hopefully we’ll all be – not necessarily limiting technology – but harnessing it for more human interaction.

    • Its mind-boggling to try to consciously come to realize the change facebook, twitter and even wordpress (which I am on right now!) has brought to “humans”.

      On a brighter note, we are social beings. Thus, we will figure out a way to have more emotional juice in our lives. The example you gave of fousquare is a living proof.

      Thanks again John for the thought provoking note!

      PS: I highly recommend checking out his blog at http://blog.socialfocusconsulting.ca/. He has some awesome posts (especially the one about volunteering at a hospital).

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