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Friday Five #28

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1. Would you say that you’re good at keeping in touch with people?

No, I’m actually pretty bad at the practical side of keeping in touch with people. It’s a little easier these days, what with text messaging and such, but I don’t often feel motivated to make phone calls or write letters. Even e-mails I find hard to write because, just like a normal letter, I never know what to say. All of this is not to say that I forget about people, because I don’t. Or at least I try not to, because I would not like to be forgotten myself.

2. Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why?

Meeting in person is most preferable, with friends and acquaintances. E-mail is better for people one doesn’t know that well, I find.

3. Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it?

I have ICQ, AIM and MSN Messenger on my PC, and ICQ on my eMac. I only really use ICQ. It’s the best of the bunch; it’s the most customisable options-wise, has integration with SMS messaging, and the added bonus of being seemingly the only one that allows messages to be sent to people when they’re offline (very important, that). When I use MSN it’s only to chat to people I knew first offline, and only because they prefer to use it (it doesn’t use a lot of memory; ICQ in contrast is a real gas guzzler).

4. Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away?

Most of them live nearby, within a two-mile radius of my home. Others live a lot further away, but of course the Internet bridges those gaps somewhat. Funnily enough, I don’t have any friends in my neighborhood at all.

5. Are you an “out of sight, out of mind” person, or do you believe that “distance makes the heart grow fonder”?

Distance definitely makes the heart grow fonder, as far as I’m concerned anyway.