Tuesday Thingers: OMG, BFF IRL


Today’s question: LT and RL (real life)- do you have friends in real life that you met through LibraryThing? Have you attended any LT meet-ups in your area? Would you be open to attending meet-ups or is LT strictly an online thing for you?

Sorry for the title, but the RL (real life) thing put that terrible, terrible cell phone commercial in my head, the one with the girl who speaks ‘text’.

I do not have any ‘in real life’ friends that I have met on LibraryThing, although I do have LT friendships that have spilled over to blogging (and visa versa), as well as some friends from real life who are also on LibraryThing, although none of them use it for much other than cataloging their libraries and applying for Early Reviewer books.

As of yet I haven’t attended any LT meet-ups, but I supposed that I might be open to doing so, depending on which of my LT/blogging friends might be there.  However, I worry that I’ve got ideas in my head about everyone: what they look like, what they sound like, and that actually meeting them would be strange.

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10 comments to Tuesday Thingers: OMG, BFF IRL

  • I feel the same way about worrying that my mental images of everyone wouldn’t match up with how they are in real life.

    And I was just talking about that “IDK, my BFF Jill” commercial last night with a friend. He’s a teacher, and one of his colleageus texted another one using the abbreviation WTF. She had to ask her 13 year old daughter what it meant!

  • From my experience, meeting people that you know really well online is only strange for about five seconds, and then it’s like you’ve known each other forever.

    Also, I hate that commercial!

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  • unfinishedperson

    So what you’re saying is really, not interested. Okay, I understand. Fine. 😉

    Actually, my answer was similar with an “eh”. For my full answer, visit here.

  • I think a meet-up would be fun, especially if there were some planned events – book swaps, author talks, etc. So far, I’ve only come across one blogger in my area. I know there have to be more because I live in a fairly large area.

  • Kathy – Oh, if there were a meet-up with author talks, I would be all over it!

    Rebecca – now that I saw the “IDK, my BFF Jill” in print, it is REALLY stuck in my head, thanks alot! 😛

  • I was cracking up at your title … I no longer ask my 12-yr-old to decipher “text speak” for me, I google it so as not to embarrass either of us!

    I always post when I’m planning to go to an author event, thinking that maybe some LTer or book blogger will write back, “me too, see you there”. So far, no meetings, but then again, I’m not putting myself “out there”either (a definite “eh”!)

  • With people that I first met online and then met in RL I have found very little strangeness involved in the meeting. It all really comes down to the person involved though…the more you get to know someone the less weird it feels meeting them in RL. I’ve met a few LTers and hope to meet more in the future.

    My really good friend C I first met online and I met her for the first time face to face over in London. It was like reuniting with an old friend. =)

  • It’s hard not to make mental pictures of people we meet online, unless we see actual pictures- like of you in your wedding dress! I pictured you with darker hair- don’t ask me why lol.

  • You are right about having opinions of what people look and sound like when you’ve never met them in person. It could be good or bad or eh… I laughed and laughed the first time I talked to Danny on the phone. He didn’t have the Dukes of Hazzard southern accent I imagined and it gave me the giggles.