Social media is often blamed for making people anti-social as users rely more and more on technology for communication rather than human interaction.
But apparently that’s not the case for everyone.
Matt Kulesza has more than 1,000 friends on Facebook. Keeping up with such a large number of people is difficult enough online, let alone in real life but this Australian is not dissuaded.
He is a man on a mission – and the mission is to meet all of his Facebook friends for a cup of coffee. Before you think this is just some fantasy Kulesza has drummed up, be warned that he has already started on this quest.
Kulesza chronicles this undertaking on his Tumblr account, 1000+ Coffees Tumblr, where he shares his experiences and introduces us to his friends.
Here he is with some of his online friends in real life:
Mia Oopsididitagain Haberdashery-Jones: “This morning I rode out to East Brunswick to have coffee with one of the funniest, wittiest and often inappropriate (in the best possible way) people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with over the years, ‘Mia Oopsididitagain Haberdashery-Jones.’
Mia and I worked together at an Izakaya in Melbourne in 2011, I worked in the saké bar and she worked as a chef in the kitchen.”
Baly Knox: “Today was the first day of my new job and to start the day I had the pleasure of coffee with one of my closest friends, Baly, one of the most genuine and top dudes I have the pleasure of knowing. He officially falls under the 'bro' category and I love his guts.”
Verity Peterson: “This morning I had coffee with someone I’ve wanted to catch up with for years. Verity Peterson and I went to primary school together and I hadn’t seen her since a brief primary school reunion in 2001.”
Miles Brown: “The first time I ever remember ‘seeing’ Miles was at the St. Kilda Festival in 2005. He was playing theremin on stage with Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males. I was really drunk and had absolutely no idea what this bizarre instrument was and how he was making these spooky noises by hovering his hands in the air. Dan Kelly kept on referring to Miles on stage as 'Miles Brown, the coolest guy in town' (true words) and his name was forever burned in my memory.”
Kate Cake: “This morning I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with yet another ridiculously talented, finger-in-many-pies, inspirational go-getter-type Kate Cake.
“Kate and I met through her excellent, self-proclaimed ‘whorecore’ band Toxic Lipstick in 2010.”
Kieran O’Shea: “Kieran and I met in 2008 at the Glasshouse Hotel in Collingwood after my band at the time played a gig. Apparently Kieran was into the way I screamed into a telephone-cum-microphone and approached me about starting a musical project together.”
Joshua Poly-Goldschläger: “Josh and I met last year at Meredith Music Festival. We were camping together thanks to mutual friends and I remember instantly hitting it off with him the moment we met.”
Daphne Camf: “Today I had a very long overdue coffee with one of my closest friends Daphne. Despite talking almost every day on Facebook, we hadn’t seen each other in six months.”
Rfc Tru aka Robert Coleman: “Last night I strapped myself in for the experience of catching up with the hurricane of a human and old friend that I really need to make more time for, Robbie Coleman.”
Simona Castricum aka Simona Kapitolina: “Today I had a long overdue coffee with the amazing Simona Castricum. We met each other at a club night in Melbourne through a mutual friend but got to know each other and spend a messy weekend together at last year’s Meredith Music Festival where we were camped together.”
Mel Glav: “Mel and I met back in 2008 (we think) through a mutual friend I was living with at the warehouse. We got to vaguely know each other through the Melbourne music community and last saw each other about four years ago when I was working the door at a gig she played.”
Impressive! He has so far met less than 30 friends, leaving one to wonder how long it will take him to go through his entire list.