So I want to thank Duane for opening his blog up to me. Who am I? I’m a blogger from Cleveland, Ohio. Where is Cleveland, Ohio? Yeah, that would be a small city from the Midwest, where it is cloudy everyday except with the exception of 3 days. Where the seasons change from Cold, Winter, Hot as hell, then Construction. All kidding aside, I love my city.
Ok, enough with the boring stuff.
So what am I supposed to write about? My blog definitely doesn’t have a theme, or at least a clearly stated them like this fantastic blog. As I poke around on this blog I can definitely see a theme and I hope I don’t screw this up too bad.
Social networking and more specifically Twitter is an addiction. I can’t get away from it. It’s like having an intervention with someone who is on heroin. I can’t shake the habit.
Recently my followers on twitter, and the readers of my blog were brought into my inner circle. Through Twitter I was able to let everyone in and see, from my eyes, the birth of my newborn daughter. I have a 7 year old, but back in 2002 Twitter, Facebook, and my blog were not around in the capacity it is today. With the advent of Twitter I was able to keep all the family from across the nation updated on the progress of the delivery of the new addition. With just a few punches on the keys of my BlackBerry I was able to broadcast photos of the new addition with in minutes to everyone all at the same time, and as Twitter was updated, all the friends and family that were holding vigil on Facebook waiting for word were also updated.
So is Twitter just for wasting time on a boring day? Is it a viable news source? Sure. But I know 7 years ago when my first daughter was born, it took me 3 days to even print photos I took on film and then mail them out. Now, I didn’t even have a 35mm camera, or a regular digital camera. I was able to get it all done with 1 BlackBerry. Now most would think that what I did was absurd. Many people I meet that follow my Twitter always tell me that my wife should kill me for Tweeting while she was in labor. Sure that may be, but every single person who said my wife should kill me also admitted to being riveted to Facebook and Twitter the whole day as my wife and I embarked on an adventure together and with you.
So I guess the overall point of this stream of pointless banter is this; when people are questioning why we have the technology we have today and want to talk about how much of a waste it may be, just think of this, how has your cell phone made your life easier and how has it made you more connected? With social media booming the way it has, it is allowing us to connect to people we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to meet. We are creating relationships that 10 years ago would have been unheard of. We are creating micro communities within a larger whole. Without my blog, I can’t imagine my life today. Without Facebook, the only interaction I would have had with my classmates from high school, college, and other professions would have been when I saw them at reunions, get togethers, and otherwise bumping into each other by happenstance. These days I am able to keep in touch with almost everyone I feel is important with just my phone, a feat just a few generations ago could never even fathom.