Thursday, October 28, 2010

I met my SO on the Internet...

We all are captivated by those stories of someone meeting their SO on the Internet. We find them of such interest, because we know that developing deep relationships online is still relatively rare. Related to this topic is this great TED talk: Ze Frank's web playroom, where he makes the point that meaningful relationships can and do happen online. He also makes the point, however, that they don't happen very easily. He has a slide in the video devoted to this concept:


In my last post I asked you to think about your social network, and to actually draw it out on paper. I've heard from a few who are attempting the assignment. This is good! I know the assignment will take some time to complete, and I don't want to rush you.

For now, I'd like to give you an interim assignment. I'd like you to think about the people you have met online-- how many of them have made it to your social network map? How many people on your social network have you never met face-to-face? How many started as online relationships, but eventually evolved into in-person relationships? Finally, and why not ask, how many of you met your significant others online? We'd love to hear your stories.

So you know I'm participating, my social network includes four relationships that started online. Two of the four I have subsequently met face-to-face. The others are still close friends, but we've never engaged in a conversation that wasn't technology mediated.

In my next post we'll discuss what you've learned from mapping your network, and do the outreach math. That probably post it until early next week so you still have a few days to get yours done. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

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