Spring of 2003 saw me move into digs of my own; I was able to rent a modest two-room set which was pretty decent for my needs. I was excited to be that single girl in the city and couldn’t wait to have get together and sleep overs at my place.
Earlier I had been living with relatives and so hadn’t even begun to make friends in the city for fear of it being frowned upon. But the change in accommodation status meant this was no longer a hindrance.
In those days Orkut was gaining some momentum while Yahoo chat was the most preferred option to chat online. I looked up some chat rooms but found them to be sleazy hook up sites with no way of knowing who you are chatting with.
Then I stumbled on a website called Meetup.com that let one make a meetup group based on mutual interest and select a venue in the city where everyone could gather at a mutually selected time and day. This sounded promising and I immediately signed up on a few. Soon enough one of them had reasonable number of members to make it eligible to go live.
India Habitat centre was an upcoming spot in those days, and was chosen to be the meetup destination. Eager and excited I landed up there to find a bedraggled bunch of folks, each single/new to the city, overworked and struggling to keep their head above water. There were three girls in a bunch of 13 and the men there were simply looking for a “date”. I went for a couple more of these meetups but the story remained the same. There was no ways to check who was who and what really were they all about.
Cut to 2015 when Facebook and Twitter had made great inroads into the social fabric; so much so that even your maid was on facebook – not kidding!
Facebook became a breeding ground for communities/groups of likeminded individuals based on common interest like reading, cooking, hiking, photography, work networking, etc. One could check out the profiles of members, group admins regulated discipline and decorum in the online interface. Soon the groups started to branch into sub groups based on location too.
One can interact with others on these groups, plan events for a meetup and eventually bond as friends over mutual interests.
In my current friend circle, 75% of folks are the ones I met online in such groups/discussions who soon evolved into a large kin of fun loving friends to hang out with. Not just that, their other friends who they met in a similar manner are also part of this circle and increase the bonhomie by greater measures.
What I really find amazing about this social development is the security and ease of meeting like-minded people whom you can trust since you have been interacting with them for long on a social network. Though there can be some who could mislead but that chance is slight ( in my opinion) as it’s easy enough to check out the credentials of online folks vis-à-vis the six degree of separation which has greatly reduced, thanks to Facebook and our incessant need to stay connected with everyone we meet.
I am blessed to have an amazing sisterhood of friends and the tribe is growing day by day as one keeps meeting more such folks who are genuinely out to make friends for conversations, good times and the love of it.
How about you – what’s your opinion on online friends?
An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love
blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! Be it recipes, food events, travel jaunts, fiction dreaming or even meditative musings; all of it’s taken up quite passionately on my blog. I am a serious wine guzzler and love to chase butterflies in my free time.
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