Well-known .NET developer Scott Hanselman is gearing up to leave the corporate office and work out of a home office, and as part of his preparation he’s asking readers a question that should resonate with many web workers: where is your current third place? The “third place,” of course, is the spot where we go that isn’t home or work when we want to hang out and feel connected with other people. For some of us this is a shifty concept, of course: if you do web work at home, and socialize exclusively on Twitter and IRC, do you have three places or just one?
Still, most of us can draw lines to divide our lives into compartments, even if those compartments aren’t watertight. As web workers, we tend to have less opportunity to socialize with others at work, so you’d think we would put more energy into finding vibrant and engaging third places to fill that side of our lives. Is there anything to that thought? Do you have some real-life third place where you hang out, whether a neighborhood bar or a church? Or is your third place online? What fills that niche in your own web working life?