When on the road I rely a lot on my (artificial) cyber communities that we all seem to have amassed around us. I was reminded about that today during my drive over here listening to National Public Radio's Fresh Air by Terry Gross. She was interviewing Rick Moody about his new book "Hotels of North America". The book is written as a set of hotel reviews.
It made me think of how I live and depend on my cyber community when on the road:
- Yelp (for restaurant reviews)
- LinkedIn (for support form like-minded professionals, kind of like a support groups)
- Facebook (mostly friends)
- Google+ (my blog, more artsy community and bonsai enthusiasts)
- Google Maps (for traffic updates and restaurant recommendations)
- Weather Underground (all about weather)
Internet communities are great things for a lot of people including me. They put all your friends together: it allowed me to rediscover old long lost friends; it gave me support groups; it gave me traffic information; and I had some absolutely great inexpensive food. So yes, I like my friends on my cyber groups, my real friends or virtual friends. Moreover, traveling is lonely and it is better than getting silly in a bar. But I realize as well, nothing is better than real life friends in real flesh that you can talk to, have a drink with and just be with.