“If you can poke a friend on Facebook, you can poke a friend in real life.”
That’s my motto.
This idea stems from a universal rule, which simply states that if it can be done in the realm of Facebook, Twitter, and the Blogosphere, it should be done in real life as well. Instead of wasting all that valuable time trying to distinguish the lines between social media and real life, I’ve come up with a much simpler solution: completely blur whatever lines already exist.
Is there really any need to spend so much frivolous time worrying about which dimension of reality you’re in? I mean, if Google is going to turn me into a cyborg in the near future anyways, I might as well just embrace the fact that life is about to get real weird, and start easing myself into a lifestyle that resembles the next sci-fi flick starring the Governator.
So as we look into the future of completely blending our internet lives with our real lives, here are some tips on how you can treat all of your friends – whether on Facebook, Twitter, or in person – exactly the same:
1. Invite all of your family, friends, and neighbors to come over for a pet-picture viewing party.
The pictures don’t have to be limited to pets- this is the time to bring out whatever pictures you’ve accumulated on your phone over the past week, and can include pics of your kid, your latest recipe, or your new Pinterest project.
2. When someone you’re with says something clever, repeat it out loud… verbatim.
If we have anything to learn from Twitter, it’s the importance of broadcasting to everyone around you that you recognize the quality of what someone else just said. This also shows that you’re proficient in quoting things- an oft-overlooked attribute. You are going to make lots of new friends this way.
3. Gather your friends together in a large group and poll them.
Don’t know how to do something? This is important: whatever you do- don’t read a book and/or conduct research. Groups of friends love giving professional advice – run with that.
Here’s an example: “Hey guys- I’ve gathered you here today because Susie and I have a serious dilemma: we’re looking for a place where we can get a killer plate of Pad Thai… any thoughts?”
4. Tell everyone you encounter about your projects.
Let’s put this into practice: the very next time you run into someone you know, instead of shaking hands or saying hello- go straight into plugging what’s important to you! There’s no time for small talk or catching up- the world needs to hear what you’re working on. Have you written something, made a video, or recorded a new song recently? Rest assured – all of your friends and fam would love to get in on this, and probably can’t wait to start spreading the word about all of your endeavors.
In summary, the rule to live by is this: would you do it via social media? If yes, then you should without a doubt do it in real life… especially if the action in question involves showing YouTube clips to strangers or asking a random acquaintance to guess what you’ve just drawn. I can practically see your real-life friend list growing as we speak.