Hidden Talents of Imaginary Friends

August 23, 2009
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“Imaginary friends” is the term Nancy White has used to describe the hundreds of people she has developed relationships with in our shared virtual spaces. They are presumably not imaginary once we’ve met them as we have seen the flesh and blood. But we still cannot “imagine” the depth of people we barely know. This morning I learned of great and unimagined talents of two of my no-longer-quite-imaginary friends:

I’m not surprised that these talented colleagues have additional talents, just that I didn’t happen to know what these were. Of course we don’t have time in the (usually) scant hours we see people face-to-face.

And of course, that’s just what I learned in 15 minutes this morning reading blogs. What if I actually started…


“Imaginary friends” is the term Nancy White has used to describe the hundreds of people she has developed relationships with in our shared virtual spaces. They are presumably not imaginary once we’ve met them as we have seen the flesh and blood. But we still cannot “imagine” the depth of people we barely know. This morning I learned of great and unimagined talents of two of my no-longer-quite-imaginary friends:

I’m not surprised that these talented colleagues have additional talents, just that I didn’t happen to know what these were. Of course we don’t have time in the (usually) scant hours we see people face-to-face.

And of course, that’s just what I learned in 15 minutes this morning reading blogs. What if I actually started looking?