So what if you held a party for 700 people and only one person came?
That’s what happened to the author of the “Lives” column of the Oct. 24, 2008 edition of New York Times Magazine (the back page). A self-described loner who worked from home, he had not spent much time with friends or co-workers and had recently fallen out with a close friend. Feeling a little disconnected, he decided to have a party and invite all his Facebook “friends”, totalling more than 700, to a pub near his house.
After a week fifteen people said they’d attend; 60 said maybe.
On the night of the party, one person showed up – a friend of a friend – who’d he’d never met before. No one else came.
This speaks to the question of what really is friendship or companionship on the Web? Are you actually “friends” with someone if twitter on the same topic? If you are, do you then want to hang out together in the same physical space? Are we increasingly feeling more comfortable confessing to each other online in the comfort of our own home, but shy away from actual human contact? And how truly intimate can you be online? Is this one more facet of the loneliness of the human condition?
Or is Facebook just a sucky way to organize a party …
or is this guy just a loser … ?
(This article this post references is about a month old. I’m still catching up on all my reading. :))