Who is that guy whose thoughts i’m reading?

Not so recent Jon Hicks’ “Geekend2” post made me thinking about what are people i virtualy meet over the Internet like in real life. I mean, we are reading each other’s thoughts and thinkings, and we are being influenced by other people writings in many ways. And depending on that–in fact pretty superficial social interaction–we are creating a certain image of that person in our minds.

I actually met some of my virtual fellow colleagues recently. I was never dissapointed on him or her, but it takes some time to switch to real, in-person communication, because after all, the guy you know from a web-forum, chat or via bloggosphere is now having his speciffic gestures, voice, look in his eyes or haircut. Being lucky to meet people who are actualy even better than i’ve thought before, but it’s very funny when you see somebody (who you “already know”) for the first time, and you talk to him in less formal manner.

Marko Dugonjić is a designer specialized in user experience design, web typography and web standards. He runs a nanoscale user interface studio Creative Nights and organizes FFWD.PRO, a micro-conference and workshops for web professionals.

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