She’s no longer an Instagram friend

Last Saturday, for the first time face-to-face, I met up with a lady I have known and communicated with on a regular basis on both Instagram and Twitter for some time now.

The week before when friends and colleagues asked me what I was up to that weekend I’d say: “I am meeting an Instagram friend and her boyfriend”.

Meeting her was great and it was literally like meeting up with an old friend I keep in touch with regularly. We literally just continued the conversation where we left it on Twitter hours before. Her boyfriend was struggling to understand what we were talking about to begin with, but as any new joiner to any conversation we quickly brought him up to speed and he almost instantly became part of the conversation.

We have late lunch and a few drinks and left to go our separate ways. That evening and the day after the conversation just continued on Instagram and Twitter as before and I have no doubt that I will meet them again in the near future.

And it suddenly hit me: She is no longer “an instagram friend”. She is just a friend like any other friend I have no matter whether I originally met them during my education, on the job, in a club, wherever physical origin.

And she probably never was a channel-specific friend in the first place. We exchanged phone numbers so we can now chat across Twitter, Instagram and SMS, but it doesn’t matter. It is all still a single conversation. And it is no different when we talk in person.

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  • I have to admit, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that just because you have never met face to face, you are not real friends. I have been in regular contact with people for years, who I have only ever spoken to online. I consider them to be friends in the same way as I consider people I still see from school as friends. As the digital age makes the world smaller, our views on friendship and relationships need to expand!

  • Yes, I’ve known of this condition for quite some time, I’ve made a lot of online friends, and many are just that “friends”, nothing more. It goes along with the view that somehow nothing online is real… oh yeah? Tell your boss that he’s an idiot on his Facebook one Saturday and see if you still have a job on Monday. :)

  • haha, yes that’s a great point. Online isn’t REAL… until the REAL consequences arrives.

  • Digital indeed makes the world smaller. It also makes it easier to stay in touch more often in sound-bites.

  • We haven’t been LinkedIn contacts for a long time, then, eh?

  • No exactly. I don’t see you as a linkedin friend. Eventhough you are on the other side of the planet I see you as a friend.