Recently, I asked you whether you had met anyone in “real” life who you had become friends with online. Over the weekend, I read a heart-wrenching post on Geeks. One of our long-time community members unexpectedly lost his mom two days ago. The poster talks about how he lives several hundred miles from his family. While waiting to travel home, he turned to his friends in our community for support.

The support was instant, and unconditional. This reinforces the fact that you don’t have to necessarily meet someone face-to-face in order to form a true and lasting bond. Many deep friendships are made online, only to have the involved persons never lay eyes on each other (beyond possibly webcams and photos). I see it happen every day. I witness the bonds that many of our regular community members share.

This is why I do what I do, folks… YOU. I love the community… the bonds that are formed… the lasting relationships that withstand time and distance. The community we have is why Kat loves her job so much, as well. She’s said it many times, and seeing the post from this community member just proves her point.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced the real power of friendship through a virtual friend? How has someone(s) you may only know online touched or changed your life? Feel free to share your own thoughts on one of our community sites. There are a lot of good things being posted on a daily basis by all of you!

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
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@ Facebook

If you haven’t checked out the newest Facebook music application, you are missing out!
http://chris.pirillo.com/facebook-music-application/

Do you turn to the Web in times of tragedy?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/cellphones/2010/01/15/do-you-turn-to-the-web-in-times-of-tragedy/

Is a virtual friend a “real” friend?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/is-a-virtual-freind-still-a

Idapt to your gadget adapters!
http://chris.pirillo.com/idapt-to-your-gadget-adapters/

Are you looking for an easy way to come up with a great new domain name?
http://domains.tagjag.com/

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger on Lockergnome, now is your chance!
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/contact/guestblogger.php

Is everything these days networked?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/01/15/everythings-zen-er-networked/

Are you a Netflix fan?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/netflix-2

Use the free Icon Generator to create simple logos and icon sets.
http://chris.pirillo.com/how-to-use-icon-generator/

GoToAssist can help you provide instant support to clients, friends, or family members.
http://www.gotoassist.com/chris

Where does the fault lie for the Google hacking?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/01/15/people-microsoft-admit-to-google-hack-being-partly-the-fault-of-internet-exploder/

What kind of speakers do you have?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/forum/topics/what-kind-of-speakers-does

So, what DOES that little flag thing on your keyboard do, anyway?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/01/15/whats-that-flag-thing-do-you-know-the-one-on-the-keyboard/

How do you solve issues with the trackpad on a MacBook?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/forum/topics/macbook-unibody-white-trackpad

Acronis True Image has sent over some amazing coupons and deals for our community!
http://chris.pirillo.com/acronis-true-image-coupons/

Check out the hottest new freeware and shareware apps.
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/new-and-updated-apps-digest-42

If the FTC isn’t sure how to enforce the blogger disclosure rules… how do you think the bloggers feel? It’s confusing!
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/01/15/ftc-is-unsure-how-to-enforce-blogger-disclosure-rules-it-is-confusing/

Unfolding the napkin: The hands-on method for solving complex problems with simplicity.
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/windows/2010/01/15/unfolding-the-napkin-the-hands-on-method-for-solving-complex-problems-with-simple-pictures/

Is there hope within Windows 7 for better cloning and imaging?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/themoderngeek/2010/01/15/is-there-hope-in-windows-7-enterprise-for-better-cloning-and-imaging/