Social Network Meetups
This morning I was sifting through tweets (I still HATE that term with all my soul) and noticed that FourSquare left a tweet about a global meetup. For the first time in 10 years, I was actually interested in the idea of a meetup with people that I have never actually met.
10 years ago I used to frequent a message board on the old Delphi Forums (does Delphi still exist?) called The Temple Of Doom. Hmm… I don’t think that name is actually accurate (Becker, Is that name right?). Either way, it was a group of 10 – 15 people that came together as an offshoot of another message board (TheSmarks before the split into TheSmartMarks) who were just shooting the shit and enjoying each other’s company. I would be on that board every single day without fail yapping up a storm with the regulars. At some point in time it was suggested that we all meet up and see each other in person. We’d all exchanged pictures and what not over the year. Everyone figured they had a good understanding of the various personalities. How hard could it be? Well that plan went to absolute shit for a variety of reasons (if memory serves, the primary reason being one of the girls that was a focal point of the board was in fact BATSHIT CRAZY!). After that I was relatively wary of meeting up with people I didn’t know. I don’t actually count SRK because I’d have gone to SF tournaments regardless of knowing anyone.
To say I like my social networking lately would be an understatement. Aside from Facebook (FUCK THAT SITE!) I’m very much happy with Twitter, FourSquare, and Tumblr handing my online social activities. I sent a message to FourSquare asking if there was a meetup in Toronto and they shot back with a list of all 370 meetups happening across 65 global cities today. I’m forced to wonder if it’s worth the while to go to a single spot where all the people you’re about to meet have a single facet of their lives in common. It’s not like they have a personal shared trait or a hobby. It’s a fucking application. Can you really build new friendships with a social app the basis? I’m definitely not lacking for friends but having more is never a bad thing (unless they’re nuts. OH GOD!).
I just checked on the meetup before I wrote this post. It’s taking place an hour before I get off work. Obviously it isn’t possible for me to get there in time. I think I may just keep an eye on the next round of meetups and take a friendly plunge. Knowing my nature I’ll end up organizing a Hamilton meetup so I don’t have to drive all the way into Toronto. The networking wheels are churning. I wonder what the alcoholic preference of FourSquare users is?
I hope it’s Heineken…