4-Part Series: Everything I Learned About Social Networking I Learned from my Mom and Dad
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There’s nothing like a family emergency to get you thinking. It my case a time of reflection and writing does the trick to help me process. Spending time with my family this week reminded me how lucky I am and how the lessons my parents taught translate directly to my approach and use of social networks.
PART ONE: Wherever you go in the world, you’ll always find a connection to the Illinois Valley
If you follow or friend me online, you probably know that I grew up in a relatively small town. It’s one of those places where everyone knows everyone else and where you have to make sure you’re not related to someone before dating them (just kidding, kind of).
Old school social networking.
My mom always told us that no matter where you traveled, you were bound to see someone or meet someone with a connection to our hometown. I had no reason not to believe my mom since she somehow managed to find these people no matter where we.
There’s even a favorite story about a friend of my parents who was a diplomat in Africa. One day his children were playing at their school and they saw a classmate (from Africa) who had a t-shirt on from a local diner in our town. How could that be? After some follow up they discovered this child’s father met someone else from our town when he was traveling.
What has this taught me?
My mother taught me, before the days of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, that we are all connected. The way you treat people and the decisions you make have greater (and long lasting) implications. Even though it’s a small town, the relationships do not only remain there.
How does that translate to social networking?
- Don’t look at your network as a confined group of people with a limited reach. No matter the size of your online network, you potentially have access to countless individuals (everyone in your network has their own network and so on).
- Think about how fast information travels today (I mean really think about it). News can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions quickly.
- We have the ability to meet people from all over the world. Social networking has offered us a global gift to learn from and meet others we may not have otherwise. If this post has taught you nothing else, remember that these people, as unlikely as it may be, could have connections back to you that you are unaware of.
- It’s a small world after all.
I now tell my mother that wherever I go I always find someone from Twitter.