I have been on twitter for over two years now and count myself very lucky to have many friends on there.
I do consider them as friends even though the likely hood of me meeting most of them is probably quite slim.
Over the past two years I have gradually let more of my inner self become visible, certainly through the blogs I write, I have opened up more and more about who I am and what my life is like, sometimes hard, sometimes quite lonely, sometimes busy with family and often humorous.
I have been lucky enough to meet a few of my friends from Twitter and have never regretted doing so.
This weekend I again had the chance to meet two more people that I talk to and consider friends and as before it went very well, we got on really well together, had some laughs and a couple of nice meals out.
The reason I am writing this is I asked Rhonda if I was as she expected, she seemed surprised by the question and said yes I was just as I am on Twitter and therefore exactly what she had expected.
This is what got me thinking, how many people on Twitter really are as they seem?
Am I being naive in believing that we are all as we appear? Or is it that I am who I am and therefore attract followers who are similar or interested in me and interesting to me?
I watch with interest at times silly petty squabbles that flare up on Twitter or more seriously bullying that takes place and wonder if I am just extremely lucky with my followers or is it the way you portray yourself that attracts the darker side of Twitter?
Could it be, and indeed is it preferable to keep your Twitter persona and your 'real life' persona separate?
To be two people must be hard but I have heard people say 'but Twitters not real, they are not real friends' but I would have to dispute that, to me my Twitter friends and my non twitter friends have the same status.
Is this wrong?
I am aware that not everyone is genuine and Twitter obviously attracts it's share of troubled souls and trouble makers but it heartens me that (so far) I have only come across people that ARE genuine friendly people that I am happy to have as friends on and off of Twitter. Am I unusual in that?