This is the blog post I was writing when I stopped to think how much of myself I REALLY should reveal. Well, after taking a year or so off from blogging… I’m baaaaaaAAAAAAck!!!! (You “lucky” readers, you!)
I was left momentarily speechless a few weeks ago – I know, right?! Me?! Without anything to say?! Shocker! Not to worry. It only lasted a minute or so. (Whew!)
I was at an event to celebrate the amazing goal of one of my Twitter friends. This young woman brilliantly used social media to raise money for her fundraising campaign -$10,000!
I was there early to try to help out in any way I could. (Well, also because I’m under the false impression that brilliance can be achieved by osmosis and I wanted to soak up as much of Erica’s aura as I could.)
Anyway, I’m having a good time talking to Erica’s equally amazing parents and I hear someone call my name in a somewhat surprised manner. It was my best friend from college & her husband attending a wedding at the same place. This is my friend who doesn’t even have a Facebook account. (Yes, she’s one of “those people” who wonder why others want to read about what we’re eating.)
When she asked, “What are you doing here?” I have to admit, I thought about fudging the truth. (Ok, let’s face it. The first thing that REALLY went through my mind was: “Well, if you were on Facebook or Twitter with me you’d already know why I was here. Duh!)
It’s not that I’m ashamed of my Twitter friends or embarrassed by the fact that yes – I am indeed – a Twitter-holic. :/ (Yes, yes, I admit it already! Stop your incredulosity. Sheesh!)
However, I was unsure what her reaction would be if I replied, “I’m just here with all my friends I met on the Internet.” Put that way, it does sound somewhat strange, huh?
I understand people are still wary of privacy issues on the Internet (…and thank you very much Facebook for putting us back 10 years with THAT issue.) :/
However, I have only had the most positive experience with Twitter. I have found it to be the best networking and marketing tool of our – well, ok, the “new” – generation. (Age is relevant, though, right?)
So, somewhat uncomfortable moment – but I recover my composure (and most importantly my voice!) and explain what Erica achieved through the power of social media. I think my friends were impressed — somewhat doubtful, but nonetheless impressed.
Almost two years after that event I am happy to report that my college friend is finally on Facebook. (I’ll just have to hope she doesn’t find my blog.)