Was it ever any different? Is social networking just party rules unwritten? With (you'd like to think) less alcohol? But perhaps more.
I do know that I had few old friends that could support when my husband was ill. Our Macmillan nurse told us that would happen and I didn't believe it. But she was right. My Twitter friends got me through. Jan Rush & Banno initially. Banno turned tears to laughter with his tweet about the macdonalds milkshake machine explosion! Jan was so kind & then sent a pillow. Charlotte sent me three hearts with the words 'love, hope & luck' they are still in my purse.
We had some bricks of friends too. Craig, Martin and Tina. Online I was supported every day though. It was almost like tag team. There was always someone there. You people are quite a team.
The point of this is our friends online are friends, they don't mean less than those we regarded before as friends just because we met on the net.
I'm really looking forward to Friday. I'm going to see @raliel first thing (who is one of my favourite folk) as I discovered he doesn't have a ukulele & that must be remedied! Then I'm off to the BETT show and will get to Friday hug @betsysalt for real this week!
Sometimes I see people moaning about teacher Twitter feed. There's a simple answer to that. Make friends with people who are not teachers too. Think wider.