Getting Social with My Digital Friends

Over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people through social media. I often refer to them as my “digital friends” because, for the most part, we have never actually met. I know a handful of voices from phone conversations and podcast and I have seen most of their faces on their blogs, facebook, and Flickr. Despite the lack of physical familiarity, I have followed their lives through the things they share online and have gotten to know many of them quite well.

It’s a very odd feeling when you physically meet a digital friend for the first time. Back in October, I had dinner with Geoff Livingston, Valeria Maltoni & CC Chapman. I had never met any of them before, yet the conversation came as naturally as it would have had we been old friends. In a way, we were and a great time was had.

With that as the backdrop, I am really excited about attending Blogger Social ’08 next April 4-6. Bloggers from all over the world will be converging on New York City, not to talk about Social Media, but to just be social. It will be an opportunity to hang out with the digital friends I communicate with on Twitter, Facebook, Seesmic, Utterz, etc.

Below is a list of those who are confirmed. If you are a blogger you should get on this list, too…if for no other reason than because the cool kids are.

  • For full weekend, register here.
  • Commitment shy are you? Yeah, I get that. So then sign-up for Saturday’s spectacular event only right here.
  • Full Blogger Social website with FAQs, bells and whistles is right here.

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Here’s who has signed-up to be a Socialite thus far: Susan Bird Tim Brunelle Katie Chatfield Terry Dagrosa Matt Dickman Luc Debaisieux Gianandrea Facchini Mark Goren Gavin Heaton Sean Howard CK Valeria Maltoni Drew McLellan Doug Meacham Marilyn Pratt Steve Roesler Greg Verdino CB Whittemore Steve Woodruff Paul McEnany Ann Handley David Reich Tangerine Toad Kristin Gorski Mack Collier David Armano Ryan Barrett Lori Magno Tim McHale Gene DeWitt Mario Vellandi Arun Rajagopal Darryl Ohrt Joseph Jaffe Rohit Bhargava Anna Farmery Marianne Richmond Thomas Clifford

You can also check out where everyone will be coming from, thanks to this Google Map put together by Matt Dickman.

I hope to see you in NYC!

5 comments so far

  1. CK on

    Thanks for posting on social…and even more so for coming to the BIG event. Looks like we’ll hold 2 events on land and 1 at sea.

    Updates soon😉.

  2. Luc Debaisieux on

    Hey Doug,

    Good to discover your blog this way. I’m glad to meet you in NYC.

  3. Anna Farmery on

    I am really looking forward to the event – trekking from the UK because as I much I love finding new friends online I just can’t wait for that old fashioned face to face meeting…See you there!

  4. Valeria Maltoni on

    Thank you for helping spread the word, Doug. From past experience I know that these sort of face to face open up opportunities several times over for everyone.

  5. C. B. Whittemore on

    Doug, I’m psyched you will be attending. This should be an event like no other….


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