There is nothing like face to face - a hug, a handshake, a smile. I am sitting in the middle of a ring of 800 bloggers at Blogher watching connection happening LIVE. A fresh reminder that the drive to connect online is a basic human need that is solidified in the "face to face/off-line/3D world".
I love the punch and extra spark that happens at that unique moment when you shake someone's hand, hear their name or read their badge and then realize you have shared thoughts and links and comments across "the tubes" with the real flesh and blood person standing in front of you. It is a unique feeling that re-energizes me every time and deepens the relationships I have both online and offline.
Something to remember as we increasingly spend more and more time connecting online - personally or professionally and another indicator of how we truly live in a relationship economy.