Thursday, January 17, 2013
A Spark Buddy of mine is visiting San Diego, and we have plans to meet up this evening for dinner. We have been exchanging emails this week sorting out the where and when. I wanted to save her the cost of a cab to the restaurant, so I offered to pick her up from her hotel. She declined, saying that she preferred to meet our group there in the interest of "internet safety."
2. Afraid to meet me?
3. What the heck is that all about?
4. What is she accusing me of?
^ All of those responses above, by the way, are complete crap!
Sure, I know I'm a great guy. But she doesn't know that, yet. She hasn't actually met me. I could be anyone, even someone who intends to do her harm. So I absolutely applaud her caution and wanted to share it here with my other Spark Buddies.
For all of us, but ladies especially, a little bit of caution and care in today's world is a good thing. And if you are meeting someone new and they take offense at your concern, take that as a sign to not meet them at all.
Personally, I am crazy excited about meeting another Spark Buddy in real life. And one of the first things I'm going to share with her is that I appreciate her taking steps to keep herself safe.
(The next thing I'll share with her is how fabulous I think she is, but that's another conversation!)
Be smart on the web, folks. Not everyone in real life is as amazing as all of us are. And this concludes your daily safety briefing.