If you are a person who participates in social media on a regular basis then you probably are familiar with this hashtag – #IRL – In Real Life. That is when you meet someone from social media in person. Up close. No typing needed.
I first joined the social media world in 2008. Tweeting a few thoughts from time to time. Then I stumbled upon a group of educators and family experts and we joined a bit of a “group”. From there I hopped over to Facebook to extend my inner circle, followed by Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Klout, Tumblr, etc.!
Many times I would wonder while “chatting” with my social media pals – If I met you in person would you be the same person you portray here in social media? Would you be so kind and generous or are you really an egotist or worse?
I am glad to report that I have met scores of my online connections and rarely was I disappointed. Yes, there were a few who I thought may have had giant egos and indeed they did – but they was few and far between.
I must say that meeting social media peeps in person gives the online experience a serious boost. The relationships are genuine, we know each other, and not only by our TWITTER handles, and truly do care.
So, if you are ever given a chance to meet social media friends #IRL – I hope your experiences will be as positive as mine.
Enjoy the slideshow of some of the many friends I have met and follow them on TWITTER, if you wish (their handles are under the photos).