Sarah Kimmel: Facebooking Since 2008


 

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I remember signing up for a Facebook account. Then I remember doing NOTHING with said Facebook account for pretty much about a year. I never really got into MySpace, and wasn’t too sure what Facebook was all about. My husband had a MySpace page, and I did too, but I just never liked it that much. So my Facebook account lay dormant. What the heck is this whole “wall” thing? I just didn’t get it. So then one day in September 2008, I was trying to promote something with my Daily Home Planner software, and my friend Brendan said that he’d post about it on his Facebook. I think there was a light bulb above my head at that moment. I could USE Facebook to promote my business?? Genius!

So I started to use Facebook, I found friends to add and started communicating with people again that I haven’t seen in a while. I loved being able to catch up with friends I had recently left in California when we moved to Utah, and even more fun was finding people I haven’t talked to in YEARS. I even pulled out my old journals so I could find people I had even forgot I knew.

I have never been much of a phone person. I can’t stand just sitting on the phone talking to someone, even when I love the person to pieces. Facebook has allowed me to stay in contact with all the friends I have and would have lost touch with!

The other way Social Media has changed my life, is the way it has brought businesses and consumers closer together. For the first time ever there is a real live person to interact with at large corporations. The circle of friends we talk to about products and experiences from companies has grown exponentially. This also means that the way I promote my own business and interact with my own customers has changed dramatically as well.

Across the board communication has improved on all levels. From communication between me and old/new friends, to communication between consumers and corporations everyone has something to say, and there are more people willing to listen.


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  • Ooh, I remember when I joined Facebook – late 2006. My friend sent me an email invitation, and said “It’s like Myspace, but less trashy.” So I joined, and for MONTHS I had about 6 friends. At that point, you had to specify your relation to that person (family member, former classmate, coworker, etc) There weren’t a ton of apps on FB at that time, so I did poke people and have virtual food fights. But slowly, friends trickled in and my FB network grew and grew.

    It made planning my high school reunion in 2008 a lot easier, because I could easily contact people I hadn’t talked to in a decade…and they could forward on the contact info and married names of people who I had lost touch with. But being an early adopter of most new social networking sites, I hopped on the Twitter bandwagon in 2008 and now use that far more often than FB.

    I wonder what will be the next big thing…