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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