This weekend I met up with an old coworker. We worked together about 5 years ago. I know the reason we kept in touch was because we were similar. We have similar interests and personalities. It was clear we should be good friends. Of course I have dozens of ex-coworkers. But i only manage to keep in touch with the ones I like. Whether that means personally, professionally, or just because they have good insight. I know at some point, focusing on just the people I like, isn’t really helpful. So how do you keep in touch with people that are valuable professionally, not just the ones you like?
I think social networking has done wonders for my ability to keep in touch with people. Now I have a newsfeed with everyone’s happenings and current statuses. I even know where they are. No work required. But how do you keep the ties, without seeming like a user?