How Social Media Changed My Life
So how has social media changed my life?
The easiest and simplest way to answer that question would be to say that it made me social. You may or may not have figured this out by now, but I’m not exactly the one rushing to stand in the center of the room, I’m not the one who’s always wearing her heart and mind on her sleeve, I’m not one who’s very comfortable in the spotlight. I’m a wallflower. I like shells and cocoons and corners and small places, where I can sit and observe my surroundings and interact with people at my own pace and comfort. Social media has pushed me out of my bubble and encouraged me to open up and voice my personal thoughts, opinions, and feelings about life and, well, so many other stuff.
Social media has brought me in contact with so many different people, some of whom I’m so happy to call friends; people who taught me to be a better writer, a better translator, a better runner, a better biker, a better photographer, a better blogger, a better techie, a better activist, a better feminist… basically, a better person, one who’s more informed, more engaged, more resourceful and more skilled. And here, I’d like to tip my hat to the tweeps (I won’t mention you by name, you know who you are). When I first heard of Twitter, I didn’t think it brought any particular addition to my life or filled any particular need. I thought: “Meh. I’m barely managing with Facebook. What am I gonna do with microblogging? How many online personalities can I have and handle?” So I never joined until the Trend #Gaza Campaign in December 2009, which provided me with the perfect reason to do so. And I’ve never looked back since.
To be honest, sometimes my self-consciousness kicks in and I feel exposed and I long for my “Me Time” away from the Internet and all those networks with their peeping eyes and eavesdropping ears. But that’s the tradeoff: If you’re not willing to share pieces of yourself – more often than not to utter strangers, there’s no point in you stepping into this realm.
If you’d like to stalk me, here’s where you can find the most dirt and truths about me (Beware, there’s a model prancing around with my exact name):
- Facebook (I maintain a very private profile here. You’re more likely to satisfy your curiosity about me on Twitter, Tumblr or this blog.)
- Goodreads (I recently reactivated my account, so bare with me while I update my profile.)
- Flickr (I don’t have many photostreams there, but I’m working on it.)
- LinkedIn (I should find time to update my profile here, like right after I finish publishing this post.)
PS: Yes, you’re right. I haven’t quite mastered the art of online ubiquity yet – and I’m not sure I’ve a need to. There’s only a number of online personalities and personas I can handle at the same time!