Advantages Bit of a laugh
Disadvantages Requires courage!
Participating actively in an online community – whether through Ciao, Facebook, Twitter, DooYoo and many others – is a slightly surreal experience. These on-line communities sometimes operate by a slightly different set of rules than “real” life. A carefully selected photo (or none at all), a generalised user name and the remote interaction through an internet connection offer relative anonymity. People deal with that in different ways. Some choose to create a new persona altogether that is different from how they behave in real life, others are exactly as they seem, with the internet simply an on-line extension of themselves. The reality is probably somewhere between the two.
Anyway, enough philosophising. Behind every username there is a real person, someone with a character, a personality, a point of view and a reason to be on Ciao. So, here’s the challenge. Why not cast aside the cloak of invisibility, the mask of anonymity and the shield of your PC for an evening and join a few of us for a drink and a chinwag, after work, in London sometime in the next month or two (World Cup permitting)? I already have a few names who have bravely thrown their names into the ring. I will publish a list of those who have expressed an interest in attending unless specifically told by that person not to. Anyone who wants to preserve their anonymity is free to divulge only their username on the night.
I could also use a hand with organising things as I am in full time work at the moment and time is at a premium.So there we have it. Join us. What’s the worst that could happen?
We will be meeting from 3pm onwardsThe location is about 5m walk from St Paul's tube station (Central Line) which provides good connections to most major London access points.
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