Is there a form of etiquette for talking online to somebody you have never met in person for the first time? What are some guidelines (if any)? Are girls automatically afraid of meeting a stranger online? Do any girls have stories where you met a friend online, and you never would have met your friend unless you had the internet?
I get the impression that being polite is not enough. Perfect examples are on websites such as this one, myspace, or facebook. I am not talking about online dating; I am asking about friendships or pen pals if you want to call it that. Of course the opportunity to meet in person should be there also for a friend you met online.
I've met some people who met some of their friends online (on facebook) who lived in the same city, then they met in person at a party, bar, or social event sometime later. Now those people know each other well as friends and hang out together. I guess those are rare cases where friendships originated online.
Are girls automatically going to assume a guy is creepy if he talks to her online? And is there nothing he can do? I am not asking about meeting guys online, because guys generally are not afraid of talking to people online.
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I think it's generally better, or at least easier, to do this on forums and message boards as opposed to things like Myspace or Facebook. I have met and befriended numerous girls this way. Hell, one of them, who I had gotten to know really well over the course of a year or two, wanted to come to my state and visit me at one point, but I objected, but I guess that's kind of irrelevant.
Anyway, if you're on a social website, you should probably just assume that they're open to conversing with you. Why would they be on a social website if they didn't want to socialize?1