Using social media to stay in touch with friends is nothing new. This was one of the original drivers behind Facebook when it was developed on a college campus. For those of us in a slightly older generation, we have picked up social media as a channel and tactic for business first. At least that was true for me. Now I am rapidly collecting my friends – old and new – to stay in touch using various social media tools.
Staying in touch is one of the reasons I am thankful for social media. It has helped with my family and now I am integrating it into how I keep connected to friends from college, hometown, friends in past towns and states. I can take a moment, when it is convenient for me, to see what is happening in their lives.
Here are ways I am using it:
- to find college friends
- to find academic friends who were in the same degree program
- to find people I used to work with
- to find high school friends
- to find everyone who might be from a hometown
- to gather people I work out with
- to meet new friends with similar non work interests
- to create a group of bikers who like certain types of biking
I can choose to participate with a comment or email, or upload a picture. I like best to use Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. But I have also incorporated Yahoo Groups, LinkedIn and Plaxo to dig people up or to share content.
Lately, with some long drives on the interstate between appointments, I have tried a few video blog posts to share. Part 1 was about family. This one is Part 2- Friend Relationships in my series of Why I am Thankful for Social Media:
Have you made new friends or reconnected with others by using a social media site? Which ones were most helpful to you and why? Please share in comments.
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