Hi Silver here! I have social media (SM) friends around the world I have never met. I bet you have too, friends who you might know as Gizmo’s Dad, Sparkle’s Mom or Cathy Keisha’s Mom. They are people you think of as part of your wider family of acquaintances from Blogging world of WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr; Facebook and microblogging titan Twitter.
Reflections on our social media friends
It’s part of the astonishing achievement of social media that we know a community from pet blogging pals from Blogpaws, to fundraising pals on Twitter at #nipclub. We can ask a question, send a picture, post video sharing an experience and it happens in moments not days and weeks later using the world’s postal services. We form valuable connections and firm friendships; we forget that people may be 3,000 kilometres or 1,800 miles apart.
Social Media Friends – Keep in Touch
Until they invent ‘Beam me up Scotty’ transporters for post and people, we need communication. Skype and the iBone to keep in more realistic touch with friends and family and this becomes critical when a pal becomes ill, or is not online for a long periods. How do we keep in touch?
We may not be local, but we can be frantic with worry when someone ‘disappears’. I have put together a list of tips and hints – if you have one to add, comment and I will add it to the list (and credit your idea!).
Make sure your social media friends know how you are.
- Don’t just disappear offline, tempting though it might be if you are unwell or under stress.
- People worry – they may be halfway around the world, but they are concerned for your safety and well-being.
- Share your email details with a pal you trust so you can let them know what’s happening – they can circulate a message, if you don’t feel up to being online.
- We don’t meet our pals often so we can’t see the shifting emotional shades that colour their lives so, even if the last thing you tweet is “I am going offline for a few days. I am OK though” DO IT! Pals check back over timelines to discover what is happening – a brief message of reassurance can save a lot of anxiety.
- If you blog your scheduled posts may cover any absence – relax, if you blog ‘on the fly’ pop up a quick post saying you will be back soon.
- Be honest if you are feeling low, friends online can be supportive in stressful times if they are online – DM’s (direct messages) are an important way to keep in touch without making possible stress public too.
Social media, and blogging are priceless ways for us all to share thoughts, ideas, new products, things we make and newly adopted pets, but as well as being fun, it comes with responsibility.
See you online
Social Media Friends