Today, on Social Media Day I’ve decided to share some of the things that social media has enabled me to do or given me (in no particular order):
Stored a cache of content about my sons growing up which is now a family treasure; followed breaking news on Twitter from world disasters through to road traffic updates in my neighbourhood; connected with family on Facebook including those who speak a different language; organised Adelaide’s first FourSquare swarm in Chinatown; formed Facebook group for my high school where many happy stories and photographs are shared; sat back in my armchair to ‘watch TV’ with Twitter friends; saw what other people were watching/reading and found good recommendations; watched The Social Network with 70 Twitter friends; found buddies that I can sound out for good professional advice like @twillyon, @oliyoung, @malchia, @aqualung, @leehopkins, @stevedavis and a hundred more; had a suite of photos taken by dear tweep @cathietranent; supported other mums online; helped me get to know clients better by connecting with them online; gained speaking opportunities including the chance to lecture at university; free headbands from Bjorn Borg corporation after tweeting about headbands; helped found the very supportive and informative #socadl community; won book pack from @dymocksadelaide; gained and provided job references on LinkedIn; branded myself and made myself more easily found online; won clients; found a zumba buddy in @tripleb; participated in conferences via Twitter hashtags; hired people who first started making an impression online; gained travel recommendations on TripAdvisor; helped my husband @cave_man_dave and I find new friends like @rebeccamezzino and hubby; reconnected with former colleagues on LinkedIn; gained answers to questions on Quora; found dozens of drinking buddies including @ashsimmonds, @baxters, @luluran, @taschad; provided me with thousands of tweets that have made me laugh, vexed me, supported me and educated me; given me a world of friends on tap who are there 24/7.
This list still doesn’t cover it, but it’s a start!
What has social media done for you? Please leave some ‘top experiences’ in comments below.