said 1 year, 4 months ago:
@warrenveach Haaa, Warren, you are opening a potential can of worms, here… (In a good way, though)
Indeed, the whole concept of befriending someone just isn’t what is used to be, and the good old hand shake sometimes feels like it’s going out of fashion. But it’s not. I have noticed a trend in the past year where many online groups will try to meet offline, which is counter-intuitive but makes absolute sense.
I will give you two examples. First are tweet-ups. During a conference I attended two years ago in Toronto, an attendee tweeted “hey, let’s have a tweet-up at this bar for martinis” after the networking function that was taking place. Well, it was a great way for some 15-20 of us that answered the call to meet and greet in real life.
A second example happened in 2011 in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). There is a LinkedQuebec group that has active LinkedIn members in the province of Quebec. The idea was to host an offline event, to give an opportunity for people to meet in real life, with seminars and keynote presentations about social media, etiquette, sales, etc. The first evening sold out with 150 people attending. The second one sold out with close to 280 people. A third function is planned for March 2012, with probably over 300 people expecting to attend. And what do people do there: yup! the gool old hand shake business card exchange, which helps putting more than a face to a name.
As for the etiquette of answering properly when befriending someone online, you are right, it should be more common practice. It’s not always the case, probably due to lack of time, lack of common standards with online etiquette, or a mix of both.