I’m not sure what the final numbers are, but a whole mess of people got together this weekend just to hang out in a basement in Milwaukee.They came from California, Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and even England. They flew to one of the coldest places in the USA just to hang out. All it took was a suggestion, an offer of space (Tracy’s house!) and the determination of a date. The rest just fell into place.
Most of them had never even heard of one another eighteen months ago. Almost all met through Seesmic. I didn’t go, and I’m kicking myself for not making it work. Nothing beats face to face. I was able to contribute to this video put together by Nicole, and as awesome as it is, it’s not quite the same as being there.
Over the last 14 years I’ve met and gotten to know hundreds (yes hundreds) of people online, and I’ve met dozens in person. But I have a lot of friends, good friends who know me better than anyone I know in person, friends I’ve had for years, who I have yet to meet in real life. I hope that changes in the near future. Human touch makes a difference.