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What Does Social Media Mean to Me?
Social media has become a big part of my life. And here is how that all went down.
The truth is, I started going online in early September of 1997. It was my 35th birthday, and Princess Diana had just died. I was not a big fan of hers.
This does not mean I was actively hostile or even uninterested. It was more that I was not a royals watcher. And I am still not much of one.
Whatever Harry, Meghan, Will, and Kate are doing is not much more fascinating to me than what the Kardashians are doing.
That is, not much at all. But I digress.
I was shocked to find people (this was on MIRC) who had whatnot to talk about. Now, this was not a great swath of highly intellectual jargon. And I was not making deep, long-lasting friendships.
But I was finding out that there were people out there with something to say. And, I was learning that I, too, had what to say.
Then Came the Early Years
I switched over to the New York Times’s forum, Abuzz, in maybe 1999. There, I found more intellectual discussion but also a lot of silliness and a lot of heart. The friendships were deeper.
In fact, I am still friends with some of the people from that time.
When Abuzz finally folded, Able2know.org was born. This continued the smart talk but it also opened up less intellectual talk.
I joined Facebook on October 5, 2008.
And when I first got there, it, too, was a more geeky and almost intellectual place. But that changed.
At some point, Facebook converted to a more egalitarian site much like it is today.
And through it all, social media has been my BFF.
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