Sunday, January 23, 2011

Friendships Formed on Facebook/Twitter

You often hear me mention about all the supportive pals I have.  This time I've asked these pals about the Friendships they formed through Facebook/Twitter.

Here are the responses that I received.

"When my BFFF is sad, I shoot myself out of a cannon to cheer her up."

@littlemissmocha Facebook is for people I already know. But on Twitter I have met so so many people I like, respect, appreciate.

Hi Lisa,
I've been using twitter since '09 but seriously using it since September '10. Since September, I have found amazing people (locally and abroad) that share similar passions to me. By going to tweet-ups and engaging with people via twitter I found some amazing people.
Twitter has enabled me to start a foundation to build a relationship with others, and then meeting them offline has furthered our relationship. Through the ongoing online and offline conversations we have been able to establish a relationship rather quickly because we can talk all the time! Twitter has helped me both professionally and personally grow in my field and strengthen my communication and knowledge to continue to aid people through conflict.

Thanks Lisa, for giving me the opportunity to express just one way that twitter has grown my relationships. Also, thanks for your friendship :)

Hi Lisa,

@Jurego here from Twitter. I developed a great friendship with @bizaaron over Twitter. Since talking over Twitter, we've actually hung out a few times, went to TweetUps, and was even a guest on a weekly radio show I co-host. It's been great, cause he's given me great advice on things, and is always good for a laugh.
I think this look into friendships online that you're doing is really cool. I'm looking forward to hearing more about them. Thanks!

This one is my best story of twitter friendship... with people I have yet to meet:

There is also @CLBuchananPhoto who I first met going to a Guns & Roses concert - that we got on twitter for free - who had me over for Christmas dinner this year as my family is out of town.

And @Beach_Mama who is the sweetest person ever and one of the main reasons I started my blog in the first place and who I spent boxing day with having dinner with our significant others and watching live music :)
There are many others... but those stick out the most.

Here are a few quotes or excerpts from "friendship" articles I have written with links to the original article.

"Flip-Flops are for ur feet. Not the way you treat your friendships or relationships". - Darling Nicky

"Friendship" themed tweets I have made as @darlingnicky999

Friendship is not a one-way street. If it is, I'm fully throwing it into reverse
Friendship is about being able to talk about the hard stuff as effortlessly as the good stuff. It's called trust.
Friendship is a simple thing like taking your friend's car through the car wash simply b/c they overheard you say it was dirty.
Friendship doesn't make unreasonable demands on your time. Friendship doesn't have deadlines. Work does.
Friendship is helping one another to accomplish each other's goals.

Friendship is about listening AND hearing what the other has to stay. Not just allowing them to speak.
Friendship should have NO strings attached. If it does, it's not a friendship, it's a puppet show.
Friendship should not involve s-e-x. If it does, you're not friends, you're lovers.
Friendship is supposed to make you feel good. About yourself, about others, about the world around you.
"Friendship should be transparent, with no hidden agendas, no alterior motives. The moment that the balance shifts, honesty is the ONLY thing that can save it."

Here is the quick link on every article I've ever written on "Friendship". Skim through if you like, and feel free to use anything that supports your point of view.


I haven't made many friends via facebook, but I have made quite a few that I talk to regularly on twitter. I was really skeptical of twitter at first, but once I got my bearings and started chatting with people, I totally get what all the hype is about. I've made some great connections with both men and women who I share a ton in common with, as a parent, professional or just in general. I've made some good friends who live all over the world thanks to twitter.

Twitter is a lot like high school. When you walk down the hallway, there are people who you greet with a nod, and then there are few, you just can't wait to see the next time, until eventually, you're relationship blossoms into a true friendship.

Twitter is a badass way to connect with other people. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I have access to people all over this marvelous planet that I otherwise would never have met. It is a source of unconditional love and connection to other like-minded people especially those who have a philanthropic dedication to improving one's communities!
It is because of my “Twitlationships” that I feel connected. When I need a shoulder, I tweeter; when I need to smile, I tweeter; when I need to share, I tweeter; those that response do so because of our “Twitlationships”. As a newcomer to GTA… well to Canada and having only my immediate family as my support, I rely on tweeter as well as Facebook to find resources, solve issues, share and vent. As a result, I have discovered true friendship, shared interests and laughter that I would have never thought possible.


@Cheryl Peters
Hey Lisa! Here's how our story goes. I met Nolie ( @NoliesPlace) shortly after they announced Blissdom Canada. She was looking for a roommate to share hotel expenses with. I tweeted at her and said I'd be interested. We begun tweeting back and forth, making conversation. Fast forward to the early bird registration. She got in, I didn't. Nolie kept looking for a roommate with little to no luck. 2 tickets actually landed in my lap for Blissdom Canada. So, Nolie told me it was a sign so, I should go to Blissdom. One week before Blissdom, Nolie ws invited to She's connected. I offered to let her stay with me over night I thought about and asked my husband "Do you think i'm weird for inviting someone to our home that I've never met in person?!" He didn't think it was strange since I talked to her several times a day.
So, thankfully, because of Twitter, I have met one of my closest friends!

I was into the internet before it was cool.

I started using chat rooms when I was only 12 years old, in 1994. Back then, ‘asl’ was pretty much the terminology and you couldn’t ‘lol’, you could only ‘haha’ if you had to express laughter.

I did grow tired of it at some point, until I was 21 with my first baby, who was about 6 weeks old, and wouldn’t poop. Most new moms who might be feeling nervous with a screaming baby would call their mother, to perhaps, offer advice. Mine, however, seemed to want nothing to do with me or my baby because I had a boy child and not the little girl she told me my whole life “I better have”. And since I didn’t do what she wanted she chose a friend’s birthday party at a bar over coming to the hospital with me when I was in labour and she was one of the last people to visit me after he was born.

So as I sat there holding my 6 week old boy who hadn’t pooped in 3 days I cried along with him until he fell asleep. Then I started looking for information on the internet. I came across a message forum for moms and started reading a bit and I liked what I saw - Moms helping moms.

I joined the site and before I knew it I was on there every day asking questions, answering questions, talking about random things – it was wonderful. Since none of my real life friends had children yet and most of them had pretty much disappeared for a while, it was nice to feel connected to the world through this site and 7 years later I am still friends with a few of those people.

However, most of my real life friends and family thought I was weird to think people online could be ‘real’ or be friends.

We would exchange gifts (kris kringle style) at Christmas time, send flowers when a new baby was born, some even sent birthday gifts. Since most of these ladies were American I used to send them a container of Tim Horton’s Coffee, which was well received.

Since then, I have made friends online from other places as well, including on my xbox360. I enjoy playing Tetris and I was so excited when I found out that I could play Tetris online with people who could actually play; many better than I can. As you play you can talk to each other with the microphone and before I knew it a bunch of us were working on organizing tournaments, texting and talking on the phone.

My family and friends thought I was weird (some still think I am weird) for talking to people through a video game.

And of course, there is the ever so popular social media methods that we are now all accustomed to; Facebook and Twitter. The one place I can talk to strangers and not be labeled as weird. As far as these two mediums go I like to keep Facebook for my real life family and friends and a few select very close online friends and Twitter is for the world.

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with everyone without taking up much time. It’s easy to leave a quick note, comment on some pictures and be on my way. I can also do those things with noisy children running around; something I can’t do while on the phone.

Twitter is a great place to see things from a multitude of perspectives, meet very interesting people from all walks of life and even feel connected to some favorite celebrities.

The great thing about meeting people online is that people feel comfortable typing. It’s much easier to open up, loosen up and just be yourself online. It’s also nice to sometimes have people to talk to who do not know you for real or know your friends or family. They become people to confide in and vent to in a nonthreatening way.

I love meeting people online and so many wonderful people have helped me through many tough times, brought me laughter, shared tears, and helped cure boredom. I feel sorry for those with closed minds about the value of friendship found online as they are missing out on a valuable tool to finding people to connect with. I am glad the internet is cool now, even though I still usually feel like one of the weird kids.


My experience with Twitter has resulted in a life-direction change. Everyone who has been directly involved in helping me see and find my passion was introduced to me through Twitter. My biggest cheering section is on Twitter. My biggest supporters are on Twitter. My customers have come from Twitter. So many opportunities have presented themselves to me because of Twitter. It's incredible. It's so hard to describe the difference. Get on Twitter, push through the dip, and experience the awesomeness.


Four or five years ago I began my journey of internet marketing that started with a voracious appetite to read everything I could find about webpages and search engine optimization. On a number of different bulletin boards and forums, I kept running across a Canadian Real Estate Broker who responded patiently to my website inquiries.

A few years later I asked about Twitter. He laughed and said its really simple. You follow people and they follow you back. From those simplistic insights @DaveChomitz has guided and inspired my entry into the video marketing arena, youtube syndication and embedding video topics into blogs and [he] does provide a intuitive sounding board for co-collaborative marketing ideas. We have met a few times (IRL) at functions, panels and classes like ReBAR Camp and Real Estate Marketing Summit - remarkto2010. Next is the advent of QR codes and how to apply the technology. At each meeting we share a childlike delight in discovering new concepts that help grow and nurture ideas and "nuggets" of wisdom. This sharing has, I hope enhanced both our careers. Twitter and Facebook have permitted a connection and engagement with like minded people that I would not otherwise be exposed to. @TamaraDorris explained the process and magic of BlogTalk Radio and created a completely new Facebook sphere all the way to Sacramento California. I have the opportunity to read and learn from some great internet marketers about their concepts for drip marketing and Seth Godin's concepts on Tribes of Followers.

A wonderful person told me recently; When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
Do you have a story about how you formed a friendship on Facebook/Twitter?
Please message me with it


  1. This is really cool! What a great mix of thoughts.

    Love it!



  2. Thanks for posting this Lisa, it's great to see how people can view social networking. I especially like @jackiyo 's story. Thanks!


  3. Everyone has taken a little direction and a life lesson form everyone else along their journey

    What a great post!

  4. Thanks Lisa. You know how to bring people together :)


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