Nov 27, 2008, 1:07 PM
Post #10 of 11
Carron>I said this years ago and still wish it: a real time convention where old e-friends can meet face-to-face as we have met on line for many years.
Re: [Brian] Another one bites the dust
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I too, hark back on these forums to 1997.
Although there hasn't been any real time 'convention' of a big group of old e-friends, that I'm aware of, there have been countless, mini-reunions of people who met each other, first, on forums.
Been to a few reunions, myself. Missed a few.
Heard about more meet-ups from both friends and acquaintenances.
When I used to write articles frequently for this web-site, made a point, to meet as many of the forum moderators and a number of regular posters face-to-face.
Was very curious as to what they would actually be like in person.
Had some great chats over drinks, several meals and even the odd, hook-up, for some kind of little adventure, like a day trip, attendance at a fiesta etc. Some became friends in real-time, to be met up with again every year. With others, it was a one time meeting.
Formed an opinion during that period.
If someone wasn't keen to meet up at least once in Mexico, chances were they were more interested in that person as an internet 'personae' than a real person. Discovered that a number of people love to interact with others online, a huge amount of time(often daily) but they wouldn't necessarily have the time of day for the same people, outside of their net life.
Of course, that was in my early Mexico days, when I didn't really know many Mexicans or ex-pats. Now have old friends and sometimes make, new ones along the way. Sometimes from the net, but mostly just from spontaneous meeting or introduction by other people.
Haven't totally lost my curiousity about some of the forum's most 'interesting' people. Might even, if travelling through their town, invite them out for a drink or try to arrange a meet.
Many ex-pats have gone in for writing on their personal blogs.
Web 2 and all that:)
Giving frequent readers, a daily or less often, daily fix of their lives.
Public forums(and free for alls) seem less popular than in the past.
However I've always enjoyed the exchange of differing views, from people from all parts and walks of life. Even if it gets right, rough and tumble at times.