Finding You Again…

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Through my blog I have made several friends.  One of the earliest was an awesome guy from Australia who used to comment here a good bit named Will C John.

Will, if you are reading this, you should email me.  I’ve been missing you and your email address is no good anymore!  It’s very sad.

What do you do when you’ve lost someone electronically?  In the olden days we could always open the phone book.  Remember when our phone numbers were tied to a home and we could take them with us when we moved within a city?  Remember when we stuck with the same cellphone provider because we wanted to keep the number or because we were stuck in a contract?  Remember when the same held true for email addresses?  If we had AOL as our ISP, which I mean, who didn’t back in the day; we kept that email address forever, or until people made fun of us enough that we dropped it for Yahoo!, Mailcity or Hotmail.

That is until both of those fell out of favor, now it’s all about Gmail!

So how do I find my lost internet friends?  How do I find Matt, the Lincoln University professor I dated after Geoff and I broke up?  He was so wonderful, nice, smart and attractive.  Our relationship was doomed, he was moving to the Northeast to teach Public Policy at a big Ivy League university and I was moving to California at the same time.  I miss him too though and would love to know what he is up to.

How does one find these lost friends?

Interestingly enough, both of their aol.com email addresses no longer work.  The professor’s cellphone has changed and I’ve lost Will from Australia’s number through the several cellphone changes I’ve had.

If you guys are out there, and reading this, email me.  I would love to catch up, talk.  You meant so much to me and still have a place in my heart.

Who have you lost?  Have you ever found that lost person in your life?  How?

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4 thoughts on “Finding You Again…

  1. This has happened to me quote a few times… not only with missing commenters, but with bloggers who quit and disappear entirely. What happened to them? Every once in a while, somebody reappears, which is a pleasant surprise,so you may hear from them yet.

    Dave2s last blog post…Bullet Sunday 99

  2. I totally feel you guys, (Dave2) … I’m not a big blogger, don’t feel I have a huge fan base, you have to write a lot of good stuff for that.

    But I do have a huge friend base, and it’s kinda strange having them dissappear from your life.

    A friend of mine Steven and I often get caught up more in life than talking to each other. But we have the connection of the digital realm. We tend to just IM each other when its been months that we haven’t talked. So, for me, I’ve found that the digital world keeps friends in contact.

    I tend to make people add me to their instant messenger, i’ve had my IM accounts from the day I started them first it was ICQ then AIM, then MSN, and now my Jabber Ala Gmail.

    Also, I’ve kept a very pronounced online personna, I might not be blogging a lot but I’m easily found – just google prozacgod.

    My vote is to just leave the rest up to the other person, if you’re visible and out there, then they’ve forgotten you, at least for the moment, and this isn’t a bad thing!

    I hope you get to reconnect with your lost friends Justin. Its always a great thrill to see what they are up to. Well .. not always, but most of the time 😉

    -David

  3. Is there any doubt that I’m not still here, living vicariously through you? 🙂 Oh! Please send me an email! I’d love it! I have lost so many people online… a lot when Scrabulous went down on Facebook… friends are one thing, but the game kept us talking.

    Hear from you soon,

    William John.

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