Facebook Never Sleeps…

Last night…while I slept…the election results were carefully followed by media across the country…there were concession speeches…and…acceptance speeches…made and cheered…and…it wasn’t that I wasn’t interested…just that I was tired…so…I woke up this morning…with a burning desire to know…

Not having a lot of extra time to devote to the pursuit of this knowledge…I turned to the quickest…and most comprehensive…news source…that would give me the results of the two elections I was most curious about…President of the United States…and…Superintendent of Lawrence County…AKA…my boss…

That’s right…I went to…Facebook…and within about two posts…I knew what I needed to know…and it took less than three minutes…I couldn’t have channel surfed any quicker…or waited for the commercial to be over…

Now…you might be thinking that I could have checked Twitter…and that would be true for the Presidential election…but not the local one…no…Facebook was definitely the way to go…

I think I may have said it before…a bunch of times…a bunch of ways…but…I love social media…love how it keeps me connected…all over the world…and…right in my backyard…

Of course…Bertha…had something to say about it…she has something to say about everything…

Her question was…so…if it’s not posted on Facebook…did it really happen…

Hmmm…good question…sounds a bit like the tree in the forest…wonder where I can find the answer…Facebook…Twitter…Google

Jane

Life Before Social Media…

I took a drive down…memory lane…yesterday…stopping at the local coffee shop…well…in all honesty…it wasn’t a real coffee shop…it was…The Drug Shop…with a rather unassuming dinette set in the front corner next to the counter…there was a nearby cabinet…sporting a coffee pot…powdered creamer…sugar…cups…and a kitty for contributions…

And…on any given morning…it was surrounded by the local businessmen…

I’m not sure the coffee was the draw…although…I’m certain it was consumed…but…this table was where…news was shared…business was conducted…off the cuff…with…a…what do you think about this…partnerships were formed…tales were told…often growing to mammoth proportions…family pictures were viewed…bragging rights established…weddings and births were celebrated…and passings mourned…

My step-father was a regular there…for many years…and…funny…I don’t remember him drinking much coffee at home…but…I never thought the…Folgers…was the reason he went…in the first place…

I don’t know how he started to go there…but…as a newcomer to this small town…it was his way of fitting in…making friends…establishing himself as a person…as a businessman…

And…I thought…or…Bertha…pointed out…that this scene isn’t so different from today’s social media…all the same functions are still in place…they are just done…virtually…with a cuppa…sitting by a computer…or…on a phone or other mobile device…

Personally…I love social media…love connecting with friends from years past…seeing pictures of grandbabies I will never meet…love knowing what my local peeps are up to…and adore making new friends from all over the world…

With my job…there is no way…that I could go to the local spot for a chat…the Coffee Shop worked then…Facebook and Twitter…work now…I have no complaints…I’m not arguing either for or against the…good ole…or…newfangled…days…I think they each have their purpose…as…Bertha…reminds me…we all want the same things…to be loved…to be heard…to be understood…

I suppose life before social media…was pretty much the same as it is today…social

Jane