Social Media’s heartbeat

When interviewing with agencies and new media teams, I’m constantly asked how the world of social media has impacted my life on both a professional and personal level. What have I learned from social media? Obviously, I’ve forever thankful to social media for teaching and continuing to teach me about the ever evolving advancements that can elevate the communications industry, but it’s mainly reinforced something that I already knew about myself:

“I understand technology, but I love people.”

I enjoy learning all about Twitter trends, Google Chrome extensions, Facebook apps all while clearing my Google Reader, but the reality is that I LOVE the conversation aspect. I love feeling connected with people, sharing our views and insights and learning about their experiences.

My mother views social media gurus as “computer nerds” who aren’t necessarily good at face-to-face connections, which I feel is a common misconception. Or is it?

Is it easier to connect with people through social media rather than in person? Do you feel less guarded communicating through an online social network?

Are there certain social media outlets that makes you feel more connected to people than others?

I have this “social butterfly” gene that pretty much makes it possible for me to talk to a brick wall. I don’t ever freeze up or get uncomfortable in face-to-face conversations, but I could see how it could be easier for shy people to connect with others through a non-threatening social media outlet.

What do you think?

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