Friday night topic: When online relationships enter the real world


— 5:00 PM on August 5, 2011

The eighth edition of the renowned TR BBQ goes down this weekend in Holland, Michigan. Fresh from a smaller meetup in Kansas City last night, our own Scott Wasson and Adam Eiberger are making their way to Holland with a bunch of swag for the BBQ attendees.

Finally meeting people in the real world after first encountering them online can be a little weird, especially if you've developed a relationship with someone in the virtual realm before finally seeing them in the flesh. Sometimes, things work out. Other times, well, they don't—and that applies not just to personal relationships, but also to professional ones.

In the age of social networking, it seems increasingly likely that folks will have their first interactions online before meeting in the real world. Is that a good thing? Have you had any particularly memorable experiences one way or another? Discuss.

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