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Has anyone become IRL friends with someone they met on ?

Please boost I'm curious

@weltsnake difficult to answer for a radio amateur! I know many people who have friends who they speak to often on the air for many years, but never meet irl, but it still seems to be an irl friendship?

@M0YNG
As long as the people are real, friendship is real. Medium doesn't matters :blobcat: @weltsnake

@weltsnake

ahh i do want to meet mastodon people in IRL!

The reason I love this place is seems like the people who come here actually give a shit, are naturally curious, are very accepting and are willing to try things off the beaten path.

One day I hope this place becomes so popular that it doesn't select for these types of people, but there is a wonderful luxury to being part of the fediverse NOW before that happens since right now it does generally select for those types of people.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe I really agree wit this. I'm always happy to see Mastodon and the Fediverse in general grow but if I extrapolate it to what something like the birdsite is I get scared and therefore I try to enjoy this place as much as possible.
Also same, I too want to meet Fediverse people IRL

@weltsnake Someone I first found on another website but also has a Mastodon account.I guess this counts as Yes?

@weltsnake na. This is mostly because 2020 simply didn't allow for meatspace meetings so far 😞

It happened elsewhere before tho 😀

@bekopharm ouch that 2020 reality check really hits but I'm glad it happened elsewhere for you!

@weltsnake You didn't allow for a "not yet" option. ;-) Email, livejournal/blogging, other social media, yes I have become friends IRL after electronically becoming friends. But it takes a while for me.

@chiasm true, should have thought of that. That's really cool too though

@Anarchist_Mallrat Aww that's really cute! I love this type of stories :blobcat: Congrats to you two!

@weltsnake if it counts i became irl datemates with someone i met on tumblr

@weltsnake Yes, but we were only able to meet up 2 or 3 times pre-pandemic.

@naga How dares this pandemic to stand in the way of friendship! I'll sue lol
But for real though I'm glad you still met, hopefully you're still in contact

@weltsnake Thank you! The commission (artist in profile) was a gift from my wife :)

@naga Oh that's really cute :) Thanks I'll check her profile out!

@weltsnake not yet, but I have stumbled upon someone I met IRL a couple years before #Mastodon existed

@weltsnake I became IRL friends with someone I met on an anime forum, does that count?

@yuki Anime forum friends are something special, I'll allow it lol

@weltsnake note to self- don't vote without reading the last poll option

@BadAtNames Omg that happens to me too often and I get frustrated

@weltsnake like, meeting in real life or becoming net friends?

Because I got net friends.

@polychrome meeting in real life. Nothing against net-only-friends though, net friends are awesome

@weltsnake Sort of... I've met up with 2 people (technically 3, but one was a BOGOF). The two I've spoken to, but not seen physically since, and the second is a bit more complicated but hopefully the answer will be a definate yes in about 2 months I guess.

@weltsnake yes, but I was living in Portland so that's almost cheating?

@weltsnake I would love to meet many of my internet friends (whether or not I met them on here) though I'm shy/socially anxious so it would probably be me cowering while they try to convince me they're not gonna attack me.

Some IRL people know I use masto, but I do not tell them my username or instance, because while I want to meet my internet friends physically, I do not want to meet my physical friends on the internet if that makes sense?

@lapis wait are you me? I would also love to befriend more people here that I could also see IRL but I'm very shy and socially anxious. Even though it's something easy it feels like a big undertaking for me, wtf lol

Oh and yeah it makes perfect sense, just 3 of my IRL friends know I'm on Mastodon but I never tell them my username

But seriously, are you me?😂

@weltsnake Shhhh, don't let anyone know about your sockpuppet elekk account :blobwink:

HAVE I EVER MENTIONED HOW COOL YOU ARE????????

@lapis Hahah that account will be buried alongside me

And DAMN you actually made me blush :blobcat:

@weltsnake "No, but that's OK". I've got IRC-only friends for 20+ years. And a handful of other friends I've met IRL a few times.

@trini That's amazing! 20+ year friends are hard to come by

@weltsnake something something cultural differences in what is considered a friendship something, but acquaintances, sure

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