offline/online

E71-045A friend of mine, older, but also online like me, sorted her online friends into at least two groups: a) people I’ve met offline, b) people I haven’t met offline.

Another friend of mine, same age, recently did a website project and hired a programmer from Bangladesh. Obviously, the two have never met offline, yet they are working closely together. Online. Like the most of us.

Which begs the questions: how important is it to meet offline? Does it change anything? Would you continue working with your online contacts if you were to meet them offline?

And: how productive is online work with regard to the Wikipedia and other social tools – compared to the offline output of a project?

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Hi, I am an engineer who freelances in water & sanitation-related IT projects at Saniblog.org. You’ll also find me on Twitter @jke and Google+.

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  1. I have met JKE twice in my life in person. In 1993, when I sold him my electric guitar, and in 2000 at an alumni-party. And yet we have been friends for almost 20 years now.

    Being offline is just for going go to the bathroom! Life starts at the keyboard. ;-)

  2. geiler comment ;)

    “Being offline is just for going go to the bathroom! Life starts at the keyboard”

    best comment i ever read

  3. I never met JKE but he feel and fits as family in my listing ..mmmmhhh :-) Interesting subject matter