By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
As time ticks off on Thanksgiving 2014, I can reflect and be thankful for many things this last weekend of November. Yes, there’s health, family, work and our home.
(Must also make a special shout out to my sister-in-law’s outstanding herb dinner rolls served Thursday as part of an outstanding Thanksgiving meal.)
And of course, friends.
But thanks to our brave new digital world, I have friends beyond those who I’ve met in person and enjoyed time in each others presence. I’m referring to virtual friends.
I trust those of us who have embraced digital communications have “friends” or people (hopefully not robots) they communicate with regularly. These virtual friends — rest assured I won’t try to fabricate and use some silly made up word like “virtuends” — can be f0ound through social media or perhaps through a common interest.
Here are two of my virtual friends. I’ll just use their first names to protect their privacy.
- Debbie, who’s retired, loves football and starts most days with an uplifting Facebook post. She also is fond of a gourmet blend of coffee, participates in an online radio show and is always quick to respond to my Facebook commentary with a positive message. How we became virtual friends: Through a now defunct social media site.
- Elena is a communications professional, a very good and
successful one. She’s earned industry honors, writes fiction, manages on of the most popular communications blogs and is a leader within her market. I’ve been honored to serve as a an unpaid “consultant” for one of Elena’s recent works of fiction. How we became virtual friends: I contributed content to Elena’s blog.
Things can be fleeting in life, especially in the virtual world. But I hope my virtual friends will be around for a long, long time.
Better yet, I hope someday we’ll get to be friends the old-fashioned way — in person.