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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.

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Keep in touch friends!

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.
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Friendship is sweet. Value your friends online

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. 

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    Kitties Blue

    August 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for all this great advice. We know it makes our mommy really worried when someone just disappears.Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
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    Timmy Tomcat

    August 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Good stuff Dash. We miss our furends and worry if there is not a bit ob info to grab.
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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    August 24, 2013 at 3:10 am

    This was so impawtant when my furriend and Champion Jetty disappeared. Om and I called his Mom and helped them to let others know how very sick his Mom was. And then they had to just stop blogging. But we knew they were safe and well. Very impawtant Dash…thank you, paw hugs Savannah
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    Jessie

    August 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Great advice … thanks Dash!
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    Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    August 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is a really good topic, Dash. Thanks for bringing it up. Many people are online through social media for the first time in their lives and haven’t been through the disturbing situation of a faraway online friend suddenly vanishing and never knowing what happened to them. It’s disturbing, and it’s really good to keep in mind that people online really will worry about you.
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    Cathy Keisha

    August 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    You mean I can’t just disappear???? Curses! When TW first went online, she SWORE all her FB friends would be people she really knew. 4 years later, she has tons of friends she’s never met but I have even more. Yes, we’ve sent frantic DMs to anipals axing if everything was OK. Too many furrends have our number for me to disappear.
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    The Island Cats

    August 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    That’s some good advice, Dash. We don’t like it when our blogging, Facebook or Twitter furiends disappear.
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    jansfunnyfarm

    August 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Yes, very good advice, Dash. Too many have just disappeared over the years and it’s always a concern. It’s sad when someone writes a final blog post but it’s sadder when we’re left wondering if the person is okay.
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    Rumblepurr

    August 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Good points Dash!
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    Cats of wildcat woods

    August 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Very good post – I had set up a blog pals buddy system to get each of us to have someone they can check on regularly to make sure all is well. It is disconcerting when you stop seeing posts from someone and don’t know why!
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    Sparkle

    August 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I have lots of blogging friends I haven’t seen in years and I always wonder what happened to them.
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    Sweet Purrfections

    August 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’m lucky enough to have met some of my blogging friends. However, there are others I’ve communicated with over 5years and I feel closer to them than I do some of the people I’ve known for years. I get worried when hey just disappear.
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    CATachresis

    August 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

    This is so true!! Communities are no longer just local, but global and each person is important!!
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    Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    August 25, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Furry good points, Dash! We know our mommy’s work has kept her from being as active on Twitter as she used to be wif Unca Ryker, and that being able to pre-schedule blogs is something that fits her crazed lifestyle a bit better now. But she misses chatting live and has often wondered where certain peeps have gone….

    Thanks for writing this!
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    Nerissa's Life

    August 25, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Sound advice, I should think.

    Purrs,
    Nissy
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    Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    August 25, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Great advice, we worry when our friends just disappear.
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    Basil

    August 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Brilliant advice!!

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    angelswhisper2011

    August 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Great point! I hope everybody will follow your advice, Dash. Double Pawkisses for the good advice 🙂
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    Judy and Ms. Molly Cat

    July 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    But we’re still fambly! Lubs, Ms.Molly Cat and Mama

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    Annette

    July 26, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Hadn’t seen this article before… but needed it right this minute! Thank You xox

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