I am most definitely a child of the social media generation. I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t connected through the internet. It can be hard being away from friends and family and this instant-way-to-keep-up-to-date helps bridge the great divide.
Over the past weekend this instant connection became even more evident and vital. You see, being a country girl in Australia means that throughout the winter I played netball for my local Footy and Netball club, the center of our small farming community. On Saturday my old club the United Yeelanna Eagles A Grade Footy boys finally won the Grand Final. The last time this happened was back in 1987!
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with the social media? Well I was very excited that this was all happening and needed to know what was going on. After trying to get a hold of family and friends via cell unsuccessfully (they were a little too into the game) I decided to see if anyone had posted any updates to Facebook… within a minute of the final siren there it was, the little nugget of info that I had been waiting for… WE WON!!! It was 2am Saturday morning, and being on the other side of the world could have made me feel a little out of the loop. But knowing that only a click away I could still be a part of it was amazing. Seeing photos, video and excited comments going up in real time made me feel a little less like I was missing out.
I think that’s what so great about social media, it’s such an instant way of reaching people, reaching your community (even if that community is spread far and wide). So I guess I just wanted to give a shout out to Facebook, social media and the internet, helping communities everywhere stay connected!
This is netball at the top level… I was never this good.
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