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Old 08-26-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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I find myself using the term "Internet Friend" (especially with people who are not computer savy) to differentiate between people who I might see at the grocery store and people I may never meet "in person".

I am not happy with this term because it sounds a lot like "Imaginary Friend" - who I last had at the age of 5.

Any better suggestions to get the concept across - I almost want to find a term similar to "Penpals" - (Netpals??)
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Unless I know their real name, I'll refer to that Online Friend by their screen name. But I do refer to them collectively as my "friends". because there's really no difference in my eyes between a friend that you hangout with at the mall, and a friend whom you talk to via computer.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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Unless I know their real name, I'll refer to that Online Friend by their screen name.
LOL - I can just see the face of some of my non-computer friends when I refer to some of the screen names I have seen "outloud".

"I was "talking" to my friend Bay21638 the other day and he/she "said"................
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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To be honest...internet friends really aren't much different than imaginary friends to me anyway. The only difference is I can't control internet friends like I could my childhood imaginary friends but when push comes to shove people on the net might as well be imaginary.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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but when push comes to shove people on the net might as well be imaginary.
So are you currently "talking" to yourself? I will have to tell my "bar friends" that Stormcrow73 still has "imaginary friends"
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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LOL - I can just see the face of some of my non-computer friends when I refer to some of the screen names I have seen "outloud".

"I was "talking" to my friend Bay21638 the other day and he/she "said"................
Well, I usually leave out long strings of numbers.. but yeah. I do all the time. Because the internet is so widely used, it's not as outlandish as it seems. I've even got cell/home numbers of online friends - who are listed in my phone under their screen name.

I mean, if you're a little shy to use the screen name, just use "online buddy" or something colloquial to that effect. Either way, you're not going to look "silly" or anything just because you've met a few cool people without actually meeting them.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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but when push comes to shove people on the net might as well be imaginary.
I don't really exist. I'm a figment of everybody's imagination.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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i don't have any internet friends and i don't think i would admit it if i did
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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I usually call them my "forum friends" , then for the people who are not familiar with forums, I have to explain what that means.
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Maryland Eastern Shore
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i don't have any internet friends and i don't think i would admit it if i did
Perfect example - if I were telling someone without computer experience that "Shymonkey doesn't think they have any Internet friends" they would probably say "Because they are shy?"
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