I knew one person irl but they had invited me here so i'm not sure if that counts.
I found her online persona very different irl she was much more shy and reticent with new persons.
Aside from that i have met one person who i first encountered on this forum. I had anticipated awkward silences but the introvert, to my delight, lead the conversation. Oh gawsh, i think everyone knows how highly i think of him by now.
Oh also it has now been confirmed that i shall meet another member in a couple of months *super excite*
With a possible two more future meetings.
Also i may go to the mbti meet up from the london mbti meet-ups group.
"We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"
I haven't met a lot of people irl that I have talked to on the internet. But it's obvious to me that the people I do talk to irl do not seem to resemble the types of people I meet on the internet. They don't communicate the same way, or about the same things, or seem to project the same way. So, either forumers are totally different than people in my vicinity, which may be part of the truth, or there is a disconnect on the way I percieve and others project on the internet vs rl.
That's my general experience too.
Either people are much meaner than you'd possibly encounter in the day to day, like trolls, or they're more thoughtful or reflective. Sometimes I've wondered if its possible to progress from the former to the later but in my experience I've not seen it.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to meet members on this forum. I already find that just interactive chatting on ventrillo or even better, hearing their voice there gives a lot more information as to who they truly are as person, compared to just seeing them post on a forum.
I've met several people from this forum, although most no longer post.
I can't think of any big surprises, although it's kind of a trend that NTP's often come across very biting and sometimes aggressive online, whereas in person they're mellow, very good sense of humor, and pretty fun to hang out with and banter with.
"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce