It’s all About being Social

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This has been a crazy year and this post is long overdue.

Being the social butterfly that I am, you might find it hard to believe that I would avoid such venues as twitter and facebook. I didn’t understand twitter, and I felt facebook too invasive. However, this year that changed.

I actually started on facebook a year ago when my colleagues were being laid off. I wanted to stay in touch. I created a profile and went on my merry little way, checking in about once a month. I signed up for a twitter account about the same time but totally did not get it. Never used it.

I found myself in the unemployment line about mid-March and all that changed. I still have my doubts about facebook, but have realized through using it, I have some pretty awesome friends. I also enjoy the camaraderie of friends far away that I’ve gotten to know better. And the most amazing part, is that I have discovered there are people out there who genuinely care and check on me on a daily basis. The downside of facebook? They introduced farmtown. I admit it. I’m addicted. I have to plant and harvest my crops and keep things watered. If only all that coinage I’ve earned was real… I would be a millionaire!

As for twitter. I so totally get it now. I liked the analogy of a tree with birds in it tweeting to each other. That’s really what twitter is, except with people instead of birds. I have friends who don’t get it and I have a hard time explaining how to get it. What I discovered with twitter, is that all of a sudden you can get up close and personal with people you might not ever have the opportunity to do so in any other venue. I’m not talking stalking up close, but being able to reach out and on rare occasion actually get a response. Those are the moments I live for. I’ve tweeted with the likes of Sam Champion, Chris Cuomo and the awesome guys at CreativeTechs. My followers include Arnold Shwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, and much to my amazement a few local celebs follow me, too… Dale Hansen and cohabitat. I have a fairly good balance of who I follow and who follow me. The value I see in twitter is bringing the world just a little closer and more in reach of the common man. I like the interaction and being able to brighten others’ days.

Without these two venues, this would have been a tough year. I am glad I am find my way and this is all about being social!

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