I often see tweets saying ‘so and so has just unfollowed me’ and I’ll be really honest, I’m at a loss to understand them.
It’s never occurred to me to look up who has just unfollowed me or whatever; I figure that those who want to talk to me and engage with me follow me, and those that don’t… er… don’t.
Of course I get that online friends can become very important, particularly if you feel isolated, but unless you’ve actually met in real life, then I’m not sure online friends are the same as real life friends.
Until last year I used to accept facebook friend requests from people I’d talked to on twitter; but then I started to realise that it makes more sense to wait until you’ve actually met someone in person before accepting them.
Online friendships can become very intense, very quickly, of course (as can online flirtations!). But I’m not sure if you can consider anyone an actual friend until you’ve met them, or found out a bit more about them.
But am I being too picky? Are online friendships as important to you as real life ones?