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April 15, 2008



Excellent story!

Albert Maruggi

This is a brilliant story and one that I bet can be echoed more and more. There is something energizing about people connecting, not just meeting, but connecting on an idea, an experience, a geography.

I think it's a sense of not being alone.

Warren Sukernek

What a cool story. Two great twitter guys from New England that meet up in Cleveland. Small world! I am continually amazed at how many twitter people from different circles seem to know each, both on twitter and in real life. It seems that Twitter is just one big Venn diagram.

Paul Ferris

Well, not about Twitter, but along these lines...

I'll have to try it now (great, another technology to scoop into my already overcrowded brain).

Ever hear of this thing called Internet Relay Chat? You couldn't see the people or know anything about them -- all text and very rowdy. I was doing support for Linux via IRC in 1994. Did it for several years and along the way got to "know" a few dozen souls, many of whiich ended up having real cool jobs (tm) in the dot-com era. Many are still employed in Linux companies.

I ran into a few of them in meat space (a Gibson term, meaning our reality, not the Matrix -- I swear!) as I inevitably ended up at trade shows and events as Linux grew up from the wierd little geek toy into something much bigger. It was always jarring -- your mind has ways of painting mental pictures of people that simply don't come out in text.

Conversely, people who are rowdy and personable in IRC space can be amazingly shy in person.

I'm an exception here -- I'm rowdy in box contexts

Anyway, just sharing,
--Paul Ferris

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