Joe Windish, Technology Editor at The Moderate Voice, posted an item on January 4th, 2009, headlined “In Defense of Friendships Formed With People We Meet Online.” Writes Joe:
My transition from NYC to rural Georgia was made possible — bearable! — by the fact of the Internet. Geography has prevented me from porting many virtual friends over to “real, physically pokable ones” but that has hardly lessened the impact of my online friends on the quality of my daily life.I’m still in the dark ages when it comes to using Facebook, MySpace, IM and other social networking tools. I intend to take advantage of them this year, now that my health has improved somewhat.