I imagine the answer is that I’m just old but occasionally something might come up in real life where I’ll need to reference someone on Social Media who I am ‘friends’ with, but I’ve either only met once or maybe not at all.
And I feel a bit presumptuous to call that person a friend. I mean I feel like friends are people you meet a number of times in person and have a personal connection with and chat to in a way that I don’t tend to find is very easy via messaging systems.
I mean I imagine @escutcheon (met once) and @BodyInTheThames (never met, wouldn’t even recognise him in a picture, don’t even know his real name, none of these things bother me) would be cool with me calling them friends. Maybe. Hard to know. ← even just writing that I feel a bit like I’m overstepping lines.
Is this just a peculiar old person sort of social anxiety? I mean obviously I am talking IRL mostly with contemporaries so that might add to it.
I think of you as a friend
“Someone I know off the internet”
Although thinking about it, outside of here, I tend to know people I’m friends with on social media irl, so idk.
I might say ‘Facebook friend’ to imply someone I didn’t see often. Or use something like ‘buddy’ or ‘acquaintance’ to distinguish from my actual ATDs.
Or like @blimeycharlie says, “someone I know off the internet” is good.
Such a mouthful and I also feel like it’s a bit diminishing as ‘someone I know’ reminds me of Rimmer describes the crew of Red Dwarf as “people… I’ve met”
I believe the Younger People are actively discouraged from making friends on social media if they don’t know people already.
That’s because all of the older people are trying to get them to rank Radiohead albums
Twitter people call each other ‘mutuals’
I call them “People I Know From Gigs”
Friends is an anagram of DiS Nerf.
Well are we? This is what I mean I guess… I don’t wish to presume to call you my friend
When did you last throw a Nerf ma0sm? Summer 2016 for me
Depends who it is, I might say “that guy balonz” and people would probably know.