I COME FROM A generation of internet users who often prefer meeting in real life over meeting online. My expansive online profile renders me unclean in a lot of their minds.
Their cautious perspective is also echoed by some of the mature students I teach, by people I nudge into new online communities and by many in very traditional corporate sectors. On the one hand, they know they should sprinkle Twitter dust on their personal brand. But on the other hand, they don't want to alarm conservative colleagues.
I read my first email in 1974. I dropped into Facebook in 2004 with a throwaway student address from an Arizona campus that I also used on Flickr back then. I was among the first 100 in Ireland to try Twitter, among the first five to open a LinkedIn account in Ireland. I got into Google Plus the second day it opened for field testing. But all that experience actually scares some people. They cannot imagine how to balance all those social signals and still enjoy real life.
And that's why I carve out time for face-to-face meetups.
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