The other day I had a question, I mean every second of everyday I have a question – I just don’t usually ask them out loud or to anyone in particular. Instead, I engage in an activity that most people are becoming dependent upon.
I asked Twitter.
I asked my 250 or so followers where to get a cheap flu shot. I did not Google. I did not phone a friend. I didn’t even turn around and ask a real, living person my question. I asked the internet. THE INTERNET.
This poses two questions:
- Is Twitter as reliable as a search engine search (E.g., Google or Bing)? It was, I got two responses within three minutes and they were from my friends – not a machine.
- Did I ask my followers because I consider them equal to my real world friends? I believe that the answer to this is yes. A lot of my friends are on Twitter, and those that I haven’t met I interact with often enough that I consider them friends.
However, here is the problem. Have I become the type of person who ignores real world friends, in order to forge online “eFriendships”? I’m trying to maintain a balance, but in today’s digital age, it’s easier for me to tweet or Facebook a friend rather than meet up with them, so how do I salvage the real world friendships while simultaneously building my online brand image?
Should I start one of those challenges to do without social media and all devices one day a week? Should I? Could you do that?
By the way – I’m going to CVS for my flu shot in case you we’re wondering, they have a $15 coupon for students.
Until next time…