I thought John Spencer’s take on what it looks like when an online social media site meets reality was really neat, and something I never would have considered before. I do understand though that these are two very different worlds for many. I myself, like to think I wouldn’t say anything online that I wouldn’t say in person but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. Online spaces give people a sort of freedom or depth they may not feel in their day-to-day life. I think there is plenty of room for this in my own life also but we need to be careful and most certainly be “real” as John put it.
I thought his Living Facebook experiment was a really unique and effective one. The part I connected with the most was when he said “social media compresses us”. I completely agree with this! I think the personal touch of many things has been lost with all the “online” ways to stay connected and be social. Don’t get me wrong, I do have facebook, I text a fair bit, and I am attempting the Twitter thing….but to me there is no greater joy than making home-made birthday/thank-you cards, decorating a cake for my son or making a friend a gift. I live for stuff like this, which is why I enjoyed what John T. Spencer had to say, because he reminded me once again to keep the balance between the two worlds.