Like most people on Facebook, 28-year-old Matt Kuleza had the urge to purge a good portion of his so-called “friends” after losing touch over the years.
Just when he was about to start axing them, he had an idea: What if he caught up with every single one of them for coffee instead?
In a new interview, the man from Melbourne, Australia explains his motivation for the project and reveals it will take him about three years to complete.
Coffee #1: Kris Schroeder (friends on Facebook since May 2008, 36 mutual friends)
“It’s a very simple idea, really. I literally just asked myself, ‘Who are these one thousand apparent friends I have?’, who’d I accumulated over about seven years,” he said.
Coffee #4: Joshua Poly-Goldschläger(friends on Facebook since December 2013, 71 mutual friends)
“I was just going to do a cull to get rid of people, but then I thought that I should see if I could get to know them instead. It seemed like a cool social experiment, and amazingly has changed my life for the better.”
Coffee #7: Clementine Bastow (friends on Facebook 2.0 since November 2013, 46 mutual friends)
Matt kicked off the project in September and writes about each encounter on his blog. So far, he’s reconnected with 25 of his pals — including an ex-girlfriend!
Coffee #16: Paul Edwards (friends on Facebook since September 2007, 35 mutual friends)
“I’ve been keeping a very open mind. I caught up with an ex-girlfriend from five years ago, which went really well. We both have partners now, but we just slipped into old habits of chatting. I’m assuming other people psych themselves out over their relationships with other people, but I’m so glad that I have this catalyst to meet people,” Matt told The Daily Mail Australia.
“Everyone I’ve met up with has been interested in it. It’s a basic idea but has already had such a positive effect on my life.”
Coffee #21: Bjenny Montero(friends on Facebook since October 2007, 159 mutual friends)
To follow him on his adventures, be sure to keep up with his blog, 1000+ Coffees.
Coffee #25: Miles Brown (friends on Facebook since October 2007, 190 mutual friends)