When it comes to online relationships, it’s too easy to confuse the fact that you once chatted with someone in the other bathroom stall at a conference with actual friendship.
So I have devised a simple formula to determine whether I can reasonably accept your friend request on Facebook or LinkedIn or whatever.
Tears, beers or babies. Simple as that.
If we haven’t cried over marriage or mortality together; if we haven’t hoisted one (too many) high at some unpretentious local; if we haven’t laughed or boasted or worried together about the fruit of our respective loins…well then, I’m probably not that into you.
But hey, be honest: without a couple of encounters based on any of the above scenarios, you’re probably not that smitten with me either.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m totally game to make new friends. In fact, I never want to stop making new friends.
But let’s do each other a favour and get to know each other a little better IRL before we start swearing blood oaths online, ok?
If you want to get started, I favour a craft-brewed IPA…;-)