Today was the first time I’d ever met Ken Camp and Sheryl Breuker. For real, at least. But I feel like Ive known them well for a long time, through Twitter and through their blogging. Thanks to Google Latitude, I knew they were driving through the area this afternoon, so a few tweets later and we agreed to meet in person here at the Mercer Island Tully’s.
There’s nothing like meeting an online person face to face for the first time. I can’t wait till the technology becomes ubiquitous enough that more of my friends are able to meet spontaneously this way.
One thing we talked about was my experience living in Japan years ago, where it seemed like I was constantly bumping into people I knew. Of course it was easy to spot me back then, since I’m so much taller and just stick out in a crowd of Japanese people. But I’m convinced that the same thing happens right now, wherever I am, but I just don’t know about it because we get lost in the crowd. What happens in the future when technology makes that it possible to stick out of the crowd no matter where you are?