Internet friends

13 Sep

I know the nicest people of all the interwebs. I really do. I have received letters and cards and even presents from people I know online but have never met in real life. My husband is, by now, used to receiving packages in the mail from people he doesn’t know. Most recently was the awesome Klingon Bird of Prey corkscrew from Amanda. I’m sure when Isobel gets a little older she’ll just assume that the interwebs sends everyone presents from time to time.

I talk about people I know online to my husband, but he’s not very good with names, so I have developed an elaborate system of referring to online people in ways he’ll remember: a descriptive word about themselves, or a present they sent us, or their location or even occupation.

For example, my twitter friend shinyinfo is known to Anthony as “science fiction librarian,” or sometimes as, “Chicago mountain dew girl,” or lately, “my twitter wife.” Megan Boley is referred to as, “New mother with cats in Chicago.” Leah is called “the Chicago librarian with snarky boyfriend.”

The Alaskan family of Piper, Ryder and Ollie is usually called, “The Alaskan Family” or just “The Alaskans I know” and Ollie, is “Alaskan Baby.” I actually know another Alaskan who rocks, but I don’t think I’ve discussed her with Anthony, even though I told her we’d adopt her and save up to send her to that expensive ukulele boarding school. Oops

Sunday has sent me numerous awesome presents, and the most recent awesomeness came in the form of a gorgeous hand-knit sweater that I’m just itching to put on Isobel as soon as the weather turns cold. I think Sunday was originally called “the girl I sent those bear ears to” but Anthony recognizes her now as both Sunday and Subspace. Her Viking boyfriend, Mike, is still referred to as “Sunday’s boyfriend who slouches in front of the Xbox.”

Gigi made this hat for my baby cousin Victoria and also made several others for Isobel. Anthony knows her as, “My friend from Portugal” even though she lived in Portugal two countries ago. I should call her, “My jet-setting European friend.”

My flickr and twitter buddy Ryan is known as “that guy in LA with the shrimp heads rolling around in the car, the one whose party I was invited to” but more recently, “the one who knows all those Top Chef contestants.” Ryan and I have mutual friends in Omar and Alicia and their tiny new baby Olivia but I think Anthony recognizes them by name now. For awhile there they were called, “Remember? They sent Isobel that amazing cardigan?”

Speaking of amazingness, flickr friend 2 of 62 sent Isobel this hat and an amigurumi doll of Isobel dressed up as a cat. She is known as, “my awesome Canadian friend with the Maine Coons.” Actually, I have met a lot of awesome Canadians now that I think about it.

East Coast friend Shannon once sent us pickles, jam, mincemeat and scrumptious pumpkin pancake mix. I usually call her, “the girl who sent us the pumpkin pancake mix and pickles.” Oh, were those pickles gooood. I met fierceflawless through pumpkin pickle girl and I call her “tattooed cat mama in Atlanta.” I seem to make friends online according to geographic location because I’m zombie-buddies with Atlanta’s Windsor Grace and April. Together we’re going to defend humanity from the Zombie Hoards through our team we call ZAFT.

Midwest-turned-Southern- native Dingey took pity on my poor Martha Stewart-less soul and sent me her old issue of Everyday Food numero uno. I know, I’m still getting over that astounding act of generosity. She also sent me an awesome glass plate depicting the History of Thread but the mail man broke it when he wedged it in my mailbox. Jerk. The corner smashed off and the whole thing cracked down the center. And it had the gall to slice my finger! I’m pretty sure I just call Dingey “Dingey” though since it’s such an awesome nickname. I know her real name, but Dingey is just so cool.

Networking has allowed me to meet so many people I’d otherwise never meet from all over the globe. I really feel that through networking I am more intimately acquainted with America, which is a wonderful thing. I’m so grateful to have met you all.


19 Responses to “Internet friends”

  1. Andy Woodworth September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    The naming of your internet friends reminds me how I describe my internet friends to my wife. It’s usually “[name] from [place]”, unless they have something that draws them out of the pack like being a student or a type of library or something. The fact that my life is peppered with interactions with people I’ve never met face-to-face has always made me intrigued; it’s imagining what life would be like for both of us without that connection. It’s not that the world is better, it’s that we connect to it in new ways.

    • LittleBig September 13, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      I totally agree. I feel so lucky to have the option to connect to so many people I would have never met otherwise.

    • ohnoAMY September 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      I discuss online friends all the time, to the point that JB, “Oh, is that the hot mom from Texas or the cake girl?”

      • Andy September 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

        @Amy: Just about. It gets worse when I have to clarify how I know them. “Ok, it’s through Twitter, but we met at ALA annual, and they looked like [X].” Or “They are a Facebook friend from the Ben & Jerry’s campaign.” Or “They are on X committtee for NJLA [New Jersey Library Association.”

        @LB: Agree!

      • LittleBig September 14, 2010 at 8:06 am #


        It’s my goal to have an awesome nickname now.

  2. Megan September 13, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I have the same system for Justin because he cant do names either. But he knows who ex libris is because he follows you from his (not so) secret twitter account named after our cat.

    • LittleBig September 13, 2010 at 9:13 am #

      Wait, wait, wait… he has a twitter account? Named after your cat?? How did I miss this?

  3. Adrienne September 13, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I thought I was the only person who talked about internet people to my family! I always feel so creepy, because I’m not particularly close with many people from flickr, twitter, etc. but I usually update my husband on different things we’ve looked at together. Like if I’m talking about you/your family, I usually have to explain “you know that girl…from Flickr…with the baby? Isobel? The librarian?” and he usually gets it, haha.

    Networking amazes me. You really can find the most greatest and interesting people. Nerdy, but…if it weren’t for networking, I wouldn’t have met my husband on 🙂

    • LittleBig September 13, 2010 at 10:47 am #

      See, that’s awesome! I have so many good friends that I would never have met otherwise. And you have a husband! That’s just amazing.

      And I’ve decided I’m WAY TOO OLD to worry about if something is nerdy or not. I have stretchmarks, for chrissakes.

  4. gigi September 13, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    I’m glad I met you too!
    BTW, Telmo knows you by Carrie Anne which is unusual because he is a scatter brain. 🙂

    • LittleBig September 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

      I’m super flattered that Telmo knows my name!

  5. the grumbles September 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    hey now, just because i’m new doesn’t mean i don’t need a nickname!

    • LittleBig September 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

      No doubt you’ll be known as “Grumbly” or “Megan’s other Twitter Crush.” 😉

  6. Shannon September 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    True Story: I actually MET Brittany (FierceFlawless) almost 2 years ago exactly (after knowing her on the internet for at least 3 years prior) when she organized a gathering (dubbed B30BVD) of fellow internet friends in Vegas to celebrate the occasion of her 30th birthday. She has magnetic properties, that one 🙂

    • LittleBig September 14, 2010 at 8:07 am #

      If we all get to hang out it’s going to be EPIC.

  7. dingey September 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm #


    I’m still mad that the mailman broke that damned HISTORY OF THREAD plate. I mean, seriously. How will you ever teach Isobel about the history of thread, without an explanatory plate, which, cleaerly,is how all good knowledge is passed from generation to generation?

    • LittleBig September 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

      I’m just so glad my “History of Sex Ed” plate is still intact.

  8. dingey September 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    As Missy Elliot would say, “Sex on a platter!”


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    […] Awhile ago I mentioned that my internet pal (and sister in disease) Sunday sent me a gorgeous, hand-knit sweater for Isobel. It was adorably too big at the time, and I couldn’t wait for her to grow into it. This year, ss the weather turned frosty, I knew it was time to pull out the sweater. It’s gorgeous, and still a little large, but that is perfect if you ask me: she has many months of wear left in it. I will be very, very sad when she no longer fits into it. It’s PINK TWEED for chrissakes. I marvel at this sweater. It was a string! And Sunday crafted it into a functional garment! The only thing craftier than making a sweater by hand is making a goddamn baby. Those things are tough. […]

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