Social Media Has Made the World VERY Small

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Social Media Has Made the World VERY Small

I remember thinking when I first signed up for Facebook that I would never use it.  It took personal relationships and made them, somehow, impersonal.  I still believe that, but I do use Facebook.  Not to keep in touch with my BFFs, but to keep tabs on folks I would otherwise not be staying in touch with.

Social media really has made the world a very small place.  Teenagers have no idea how good they have it.  Fan of a certain band or actor?  Follow them on Twitter.  If they are active enough, you can find out what they ordered at Starbucks two seconds ago, and what project they are currently working on in a blow by blow fashion.  That's UNREAL!  I remember having to wait a month for the latest news on Bon Jovi as a teenager.  You know, when the latest hard rock and metal magazines hit newsstands.  

Kids today probably walk around thinking they KNOW their idols because they do know so much about them.  Certainly, they wouldn't have frozen into a lump of social anxiety when standing next to their teenage idol at the House of Blues in New Orleans like I did.  Yeah.  Me, pacing in front of Richie Sambora, who had just played a solo concert for my company.  I was a grown woman, CD in hand and terrified to open my mouth.  Today's kids would probably have just crossed the velvet rope that separated his VIP area from where I was and started a conversation about his latest tweet.  

Even as I write this I realize that there are some folks out there on Active Rain who probably feel like they know me because they have read so many of blog posts.  And they probably do since I do write my own content and am not afraid to tell embarrassing stories like blundering a chance to get my teenage idol to sign a freakin' CD. They just don't get the potty mouth that my in-person and phone encounters get.  Somehow, a row of asterisks don't convey the same thing.  

It really can blow your mind to think how small all of our worlds have become, and what has become our daily entertainment.  Who would have ever thought, twenty years ago, a real estate agent in Northern Virginia would have people following her blog?  

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Will Hamm
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Good Morning Chris Ann,  I feel I know you because of playing in the rain.  Now you go and have a great day!

May 30, 2012 11:42 PM #7
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Laura:  It's nice to have an outlet that makes it easy to stay in touch with old firends from high school and so forth.

Karen Anne:  It's funny, I got freaked out one day when I went to vote and the guy taking my ID recognized me as "that Braemar real estate agent."

Margaret:  There's no substitute for meeting in person.

Ginny:  Yes.  A legendary potty mouth.  I keep it in check with my clients but when I'm home....watch out. That's what having a kid free house has gotten me.  The freedom to swear like a sailor.

 

May 31, 2012 02:59 AM #8
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Carol Ann:  I felt like I really knew you after your post about moving.  

Scott:  Thanks.

Will:  And if I ever ran into you or Belinda I would feel like I just happened on an old friend.  I feel like I know you two as well.

May 31, 2012 03:01 AM #9
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Marti Steele Kilby, CRS
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Hi Chris Ann.  It really is quite extraordinary how social media expands our lives and experiences.  Blogging and sharing comments does provide quite a window into who we are and what we care about.  Aside from the business aspects, I find it all, especially AR, very rewarding personally.  Have a great day!

May 31, 2012 03:12 AM #10
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Nancy Conner
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The impact of social media is amazing to me.  I have reconnected with a number of high school friends (from years, and years and YEARS ago) on Facebook, learned local news way before the official media had anything reported, and even had my very best friend from grade school days find me thru my AR blogs - how cool is that!!

May 31, 2012 05:07 AM #11
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Karen Anne Stone
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Chris Ann:  I just have to ask.  When you went to vote, and were recognized as "that Braemar real estate agent..." were you wearing your rollerblades ?  :)

May 31, 2012 06:46 AM #12
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Marti:  I would feel lost without my daily dose of AR.

Nancy:  That's cool.  I reconnected with my dearest high school friend because she saw a blog post I had written about her and her family.  We had some weird distance between us and we never knew why.  Now we are past that awkwardness and totally happy.

Karen Anne:  Wouldn't that have been a site.  I can hear the news now, "Braemar Real Estate Agent, Chris Ann Cleland destroys thousands of dollars in polling machines when she crashed on her roller blades while voting."

May 31, 2012 12:54 PM #13
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Morgan Evans
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ActiveRain is one od our favorite social media. It is one of the fun place to be!
May 31, 2012 01:11 PM #14
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Karen Anne Stone
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But Chris Ann... I thought that ANY kind of publicity was good publicity.  Just make sure you get it on video.  And this time, it would surely go viral.  Just think of all the referrals.  :)

May 31, 2012 02:47 PM #15
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Morgan:  I love it here.

Karen Anne:  Rule #1 of publicity, very true.  

May 31, 2012 02:58 PM #16
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Connie Harvey
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Chris Ann, It is funny how strangers think they know us because they follow our blogs. The difference for me is here on AR we actually "talk" to each other. I've made some good friends here that I feel like I've known for years.

May 31, 2012 10:48 PM #17
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Connie:  It's true.  Meeting someone you've chatted online with on AR is like seeing an old friend.

Jun 01, 2012 02:19 AM #18
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Sonia Riahi
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Great blog post - one of the things we love about social media is the fact that everybody around the world is just a click away. Forever distance and milage, everything is at our fingertips now!

Jun 01, 2012 02:23 AM #19
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Sonia:  Social media has made everyone so accessible.  It's amazing.

Jun 01, 2012 02:52 AM #20
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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HA!  I remember that time too . . . Teen Beat, had to wait until the next published magazine came out to know what was going on, by then it went on.  Great perspective about social media. 

Jun 01, 2012 04:32 AM #21
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Carla:  The other side of the coin is that social media is likely breeding a whole slew of stalkers.  Creepy.

Jun 01, 2012 04:43 AM #22
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Donna Foerster
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Chris Ann~ Good or bad, I do believe social media is here to stay. I like Facebook because it allows me to stay connected with folks that are "far away" from me, like my family in NJ, FL and TX. Or my friends in VA! :-)

May 19, 2013 05:45 AM #23
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Donna:  I think if I could my Mom on Facebook, she would be hooked.  Keeping in touch and seeing photos  of family would tickle her fancy.

May 19, 2013 09:41 AM #24
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Karen Anne Stone
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Chris Ann, maybe if you promised your Mom a fun video of her darling daughter on rollerblades... that might do the trick?            May 19, 2013

May 19, 2013 10:41 AM #25
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Karen Anne:  Only you could get away with poking with that one over and over.  :)

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