My friend came by my office the other day, and I realized how long it had been since I'd seen him in person. He didn't look like his instant message icon anymore.
Staying in touch with scattered and absent friends online is great and I love it, but this pal is a free-lancer who I've worked with for years on the job.
He works from his home that's about a mile from my office as the crow flies.
Yet we communicate mostly by IM and e-mail, utilizing various resources to move large files we're working on back and forth.
We just happened to have several to deal with this week. "Burn a CD," my friend happened to say. "And I'll pick it up."
Web 2.0 is great, introduces us to new friends and reunites us with old friends scattered by time and distance, yet I find myself wondering if some of Clifford Stoll's old ZDNet editorials about the importance of walking on grass once in a while aren't even more relevant.
We shouldn't fail to notice the world beyond the office window whether it be the grass or the people walking on it.
An IM's great but a handshake is even better if it's possible.