I have just had a fantastic "sort the world out" lunch with Darryl Carr who instigated this whole trip by recommending me to the conference organizers here in Perth a few months ago. Our paths have only crossed "in real life" once before five years ago in Sydney. Similarly, most of the people who reached out when I was in Melbourne and Sydney are "unreal internet friends" who I get to see once in a blue moon.
There are those who would claim that we can't be real friends if we only ever meet online. And yet when we do meet there is real affection, real connection, real understanding. In many ways a more intense friendship than some of the ones I maintain in real life.
What's not to like? What are those who are so suspicious of these online friendships so afraid of?