I have two sets of friends. I have my "real life" friends who know me from work, school, and whatever else I've done along the way. Many of these friends are on facebook - and think that facebook is the end-all be-all of online interaction. *yawn*
I also have my online friends. These are people I've met through twitter and/or blog interaction. I've met some of these folks in person - but social media is one thing that we all have in common.
It's great when I have problems with my "real life" friends and family. I can complain to my online friends and they can offer advice, or just an ear (well, eye, really - maybe two). The one problem with my online friends is that sometimes they forget basic manners and how to translate them from real life (like how they learned them in kindergarten) to the online world where we interact.
What about a problem with an online friend? Can I ask my real life friends? Sure. But not before I go through an hour long explanation of twitter or blogs; the etiquette, what's acceptable, what the expectations are and how they mechanically work. *sigh*
I hate to judge how people interact online, because it feels like I'm judging the person. If you want to use facebook to run a mafia, grow a garden or work on a farm - who am I to judge? If you don't want to be on twitter, that's your choice. [Never mind that it's the best way to get and share news and information, as well as a great way to grow your business, advertise your not-for-profit or spread the word about your cause - all for free. But whatever - it's your choice. #eyeroll <--That's right, it's a hashtag; figure it out.]
So, judgment aside, I still need a way for you to all speak the same language. I speak both, and I need to be able to interchange easily. To that end, I'm going to attempt an online-to-offline dictionary with some basic translations of real life situations and their virtual equivalents.
While I work on that - tell me, does anyone else have this problem? Or is this one of those things that only happens to me?