How has social media changed my life?
Quite simply, social media has become such a natural extension of my online experience that I can’t imagine life without it – much in the same way I now can’t imagine life without the Internet.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to chat via Facebook with a high school friend who I had reconnected with via the service. She had posted an uplifting article about NFL player Scott Fujita donating half of his Super Bowl bonus paycheck to non-profit organizations in New Orleans, as a way of saying thank you to the city. It was the kind of story that literally put a smile on my face – and I in turn shared it with my other Facebook friends as well as my Twitter followers. I have no idea how many other smiles this story created, but I’m sure there were many. And it all started with one person sharing an article.
What has been amazing for me is how social media has allowed me to both reconnect with a good many former friends, classmates and colleagues while also extending and building my network to include many new amazing friends and contacts. There is no doubt my life feels much richer as a result of social media – yet it also feels smaller as I am now able to easily keep tabs on friends and family members literally around the world with a quick click of my mouse and glance on Twitter or Facebook.
I wish I had some kind of cool story about how I found an amazing job, client or customer via social media but that hasn’t happened (yet). But for me the impact of social media has been much more subtle and profound. It has provided me with a tremendous amount of support and understanding that has been invaluable as I navigate new territory as a parent of twin sons. I’ve been able to share personal stories and information with my network and the outpouring of support has been amazing.
What is also amazing is when I realize how early the new social media word really is – it’s sometimes hard to remember for those of us who have been involved in technology for many years. Yet despite the recent incredible growth of online networks such as Facebook and Twitter, there are still many, many more people and businesses not yet using social media tools and networks than there are who are using them. And as everyone knows who has thrown themselves into social media, the world continues to change and evolve quickly – keeping up with the developments is nearly impossible (even for the uber-social media geeks like me).
I know there are lots of people who don’t “get” social media and probably never will – just as there are still those who avoid email and cell phones. But I truly believe they are missing out on many positive experiences and opportunities. Businesses and organizations in particular won’t be able to avoid social media in the future – just as they can’t avoid the Internet today.
Knowing what I know today about social media, I’m excited to see what the future holds in this area. I have no doubt that it’s going to continue to play a tremendous role in my life – both a professional and personal level.
How has social media changed your life?
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