My Sunday blogpost today is a very exciting one! If you have seen my Exposing My Twitter Drafts 2 – YouTube Video – & ANNOUNCEMENT! blogpost, then you will know that me and one of my Internet best friends announced that we were going to collaborate on a blogpost together… Well, this blog post is the one! We changed our minds about 1428278684 times as we are so indecisive, so we eventually decided to do this one (it’s also the reason why we have done it so late in the month!).
Me and Kiera (my Internet bestie) decided to do this blogpost as we met online almost 6 YEARS AGO! I know. It’s a loooonnggggg time. Halfway during May will be our 6 year friendaversary (it legit only feels like a year like I don’t know how I’ve known her for 6 years). We thought that we would give some tips and advice on how to 1) make Internet friends and 2) keep them your Internet friends for as long as possible, as well as sharing a bit of our story to help as well. 🙂
First of all: how me and Kiera became friends.
Me and Kiera both joined this website, which I’m not going to name, but it was a website where you had an avatar and you would mingle with people from all around the world. (It was also for 13+ and I was 10 when I joined…) We were both in the same room on the website and we started talking somehow (I don’t really remember but it might have something to do with a YouTube video being on the screen). After that one interaction, we kept going on the website everyday, finding each other in the same room, talking and we eventually became Internet friends. (And the rest, as they say, is history!) 🙂
Kiera: Tips for making Internet friends:
- Join websites or social media – Obviously you want to make friends online and the only way that’s going to happen is if you are active online and are signed up to websites. Twitter is a good social media to join as people are always online joining in with conversations on popular subjects and Tumblr is also good for mutual interests. Another option is joining social websites, for example like the one me and Beth met on.
- Be active – The only way you’re going to make friends is if you keep active on the websites you’ve joined as one conversation is not enough to make a friend. Keep going online everyday to continue the conversation with the people you were speaking with before and you’ll eventually become friends.
- Fandoms – If you’re in a certain fandom, follow fan accounts in the same fandom, contribute to discussions in the fandom and be active in the fandom. This way you will make friends with people who like/love something that you also do and you will have something to keep talking about.
- Don’t be scared – Some people may think it’s scary to become friends with people online because they could be fake, but there are so many people online nowadays that one friend you make won’t be fake. Majority of the people you will meet online will be 100% real, but always get to know them and FaceTime/Skype with them before you actually meet each other just so you know they aren’t fake.
- Don’t expect it to happen straight away – Some friendships take a while to be found, so don’t just give up straight away.
Being Internet friends/best friends is highly beneficial. If you want to moan about people in real life, but you don’t want to do it to people who you know in real life, then you can do it to your Internet friends. They won’t know who they are and they will listen to you. You also get to learn about a completely different place in the world. I live in the West Midlands in the UK and Kiera lives in London, but is from Newcastle. By being friends with her, I have learnt more about London and Newcastle. Another thing is, by knowing each other through the Internet and not by real life, it makes it more special and more special when you finally get to meet (unfortunately, for me and Kiera, that isn’t any time soon).
Kiera: How to keep your Internet friendship for as long as possible:
- Be as active as possible – If you don’t keep talking often, you’ll eventually start to grow apart and your friendship will be no longer. Every opportunity that comes up, have a conversation, whether that’s just asking if they’re alright or having a full on gossip session.
- Don’t become bored – If you start to become bored or spend more time doing something else, your friendship will start to go downhill.
That’s all of the tips and advice that me and Kiera have on how to make an Internet friend, or several. I hope that these tips come in helpful for at least one person reading. 🙂
That’s all that I have for this blogpost. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing and let me know if you liked me collaborating on a blogpost like this with my friends. 🙂