Note: I love all things social media — especially because of the friendships (blendships?) and connections I’ve been able to make. One person I’m so thrilled to know is Cynthia, so when she offered to write a guest post about her love of social media, I jumped at the chance!
Please take a moment to read her story (it makes me feel better that she, too, had AIM in college — although it was brand new when I used it, and Facebook was a million years away) and visit her blog.
Hi I’m Cynthia from It All Changes.
I’m not Davy Jones from The Monkees, but I’m a believer…a social media believer that is. I haven’t always been this way.
In my youth electronics were king. My dad was a network tech so we were always beta-testing something. Of course this means our computers were constantly crashing, so I only played games and wrote school papers.
In college AOL IM was a necessity so I caved and signed up. Who wouldn’t want to message a friend down the hall to grab truck stop chili or my boyfriend across the country just to say “I love you”? Quite frankly I usually preferred the phone and left my away messages up for days. I was “in class” at 2AM on Saturday. Silly me.
Post college I had little use for the internet…and honestly little cash. I checked emails and my pitiful bank balances or did online shopping at work before my homeroom students arrived. On summer vacation I occasionally wandered to the library for computers, but more likely for a book. I gasp thinking of this now.
MySpace entered my life when a friend convinced me it was great for keeping in touch across the country. I joined, added some friends, and grew bored quickly. I checked my profile so infrequently I missed a message from a friend for my address so he could send a wedding invitation. Two months later he called my cell phone…the old fashioned way. Oops.
By 2006 I had reached the end of the internet except for an occasional message board and basic email. My friends wouldn’t give up…they kept at me until I joined Facebook begrudgingly. I had just moved – again – making it a great way to keep up with the friends I’d left behind. It prevented me from losing track like I had in the past. Okay I might give this social media thing a try.
Eventually friends from across the world-wide web recommended I start a blog based on my weight loss and healthy living. Oh no…here we go again. Pictures, food and what the heck is almond butter?! I read blogs for months and started It All Changes as an escape from work life.
I still REFUSED to join Twitter! No need to give or read a play-by-play in 140 characters or less. I didn’t have time. No I can’t do it! Eventually I caved to “just try it out.”
It gave me something to do on boring days in the office and I was giddy the first time a “big” blogger tweeted me back.
Now I’m hooked! I have conversations with the great blends I’ve made when my office is quiet. Or sneak-a-tweet when I’m going to pull my hair out from crazy work days. Some blends have turned into full-fledged friends…near and far.
From true social media skeptic to full-on believer…I’m Cynthia and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!
What turned you into a social media believer?