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    • A few years ago, I met up with a husband and wife team that also participated in one of the larger communities based on motorcycling on Gplus.

      We had dinner, and enjoyed a nice conversation. They went on their way, and we've communicated once or twice (outside of G+...) since then, but that's been about it.

      I looked in one final time last night to that community. Nothing for the last few months, besides a couple of farewell posts from the community owner - and that was it.

      In less than 24 hours, it'll be gone. It would seem that much of social media (when you boil it down to basics...) is ephemeral, isn't it?

    • It would seem that much of social media (when you boil it down to basics...) is ephemeral, isn't it?

      There are people here on Cake who I regularly communicate with via email or Twitter DM. That’s one of the reasons why my Cake profile includes a link to my Twitter profile: so people can connect with me privately as well as publicly. I’ve fostered friendships around the world through those virtual conversations on social media: I’ve helped people with career advice, exchanged frustrations, and received help when I’ve needed it. I’m driving to Colorado for vacation in July and maybe I’ll meet up with one or two of the people I met here or on other platforms.

      There’s a teacher in San Diego who’s big on Twitter. This past summer he said he was traveling to San Francisco and asked if any of his follower teachers were willing to meet up for coffee or drinks. I think he ended up meeting a dozen social media connections face-to-face during that trip.

      Social media connections can be as ephemeral or as solid as “in real life” connections. Just my opinion, fwiw.