Online friends, lets call it facebooking

In a few years, people wont remember TBFB(*1) , they won't remember the guy credited with starting the social media revolution(*2) used to have a livejournal account and thats where he got his start. They won't remember that people were <lj user="triman"/> before they were @triman etc. Some of us got access to thefacebook long before it came popular through livejournal, and I for one logged on and off as facebook was infantile, and never got back on until 2009(?).

Back at the start of 2004, there were only a few people on livejournal and in order to get find out what was going on, you did a few simple searches and found some people with common interests. I found amongst others triathletebigo , mojojoey effendi mizmizuno  and to see what they were doing and allow each other to "friend" each other, and so we did.

There were quite a few others, but these, including my dance music friends alkaloids
 lynnivere mstoonces have transformed from being virtual friends to real friends. We didn't live in the same town at the time, in fact we still don't. Tonight though we had a mini little get together as mojojoey has been in town and is leaving in the morning. It was really great seeing everyone as well as a few semi-related peeps from the triathlon community here in Austin. Good luck to everyone in their racing and training, thanks for coming.

Along with lievjournal friends, pro triathletes Amy and Brendan Marsh, Pat Evoe and Tenille Hoogland came long, with Tammy Metzger from Tempo Multisport. Good times!

(*1) Time before facebook
(*2) Yes, Zuckerberg had a livejournal account before he invented facebook

Funny story. Several years ago, as many of my friends were having children, marrying, divorcing, marrying again & exploring life, I noticed a trend towards apathy amongst many of them. To find, over time, my closest companions were none supportive of my hopes & dreams was painful, at best. It all had practically stopped; the late-night dancing, no cheering friends on the sidelines of my races & random get-togethers were much too much of a bother for them. Their "why bother" attitude led me to literally think.. "I need new friends."

So, while I have never posted my personal interests here on LJ, I went stealthy hunting for friends (no matter where) who had a zing for life, a playful appeal, interested in their best health/life & a good measure of dedication to whatever it is they believe in.

You were in that small group of new "friends."

And the rest is, as they say.. history.

Looks like I chose well.