In the past few days, several old friends have popped out of nowhere on Facebook. Unlike some stories about uncomfortable relationships and not really wanting to hear from people you thought you’d left behind, these were all people I was extremely happy to hear from.
That’s an amazing feeling.
But it got even better when I managed to have real-time chats through Facebook with a few of them. It was like 15 years evaporated (sheesh, I don’t feel old enough to say things like that). And then … and then I found Skype video. One of my best friends when I was 16 and I were text chatting and he asked me whether I had it. Being the tech dood that I am, I said to give me 2 minutes and I would.
Three minutes later, I was talking face-to-face with him. He lives near San Francisco, and I’m in DC. We haven’t spoken on the phone in more than 10 years. I literally can’t remember the last time I saw him. And there he was, filling my computer screen and smiling and laughing in ways that awoke long-established feelings. My grin in response was … let’s just say it was rather large.
Another friend of mine I’ve reconnected with recently called it “social media vertigo.” I think that’s perfect.
If you haven’t experienced it yet, get a Facebook account and start searching for people.
I started to write something about how this is connected to social media and gov’t, but it ended up a little forced. Let’s leave this as a feel-good story about social media in general, and figure out why it’s relevant to my job later.
But it certainly does reflect the amazing recent Facebook demographic stats.
Now, please share your stories!