The Power of Social Media: It Really is A Small World

30 Apr

When I was a kid one of my favorite rides at Disney World was “It’s a Small World”. My grandparents lived in Florida at the time so we went to Disney World on more than one occasion. The “It’s a Small World” ride involved taking a small boat through a maze of colorfully clothed characters from around the world, all singing the “It’s a Small World” song. I am sure that as an adult the ride might be much less enchanting that it seemed as a child, but it remains a fond memory for me.

What does the “It’s a Small World” Disney ride have to do with this blog? As I have been blogging, tweeting, writing, and reading the blogs of others, I am struck by a couple of things. One, the power of social media to connect with others around the country and around the world is exciting and transformative. I have friends who eschew social media, and think of it as a waste of time, but they don’t truly understand the benefits. Social media isn’t about telling the world what you had for breakfast, it’s about connecting with others.

Second, we all share common experiences and social media allows us to share those experiences with others around the world. This morning I was watching a vlog of someone who had relocated her family from Auckland to Melbourne due to being unable to find employment in Auckland. As she bravely shared the challenges that her family has dealt with in starting over, I could relate to much of what she was saying. Whether you are in Australia, Spain, Japan, Kenya, the United States, or some other country, we all share common experiences. As Americans we are often guilty of being focused only on our own country, and ignorant to what is happening around the world. But, we all share common experiences, and the challenges of unemployment, and underemployment go beyond our borders.

So, if you are a slow adapter to social media, or you are only using it to share your latest photos or tweet about your last meal, you are missing out. The real power of social media is in connecting with and creating relationships with others around the county and around the world. It really is a small world, after all.

photo credit: Express Monorail via photopin cc

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7 Responses to “The Power of Social Media: It Really is A Small World”

  1. Rebecca Fraser-Thill April 30, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Well said. And now I’ll go tweet this 🙂

  2. Kari April 30, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Nice post! (And thanks for putting the small world song in my head 🙂 )

  3. biancarodriguez00 April 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Thank you for mentioning my vlog here, I really appreciate that you have helped to share my story. Best of luck to all job seekers and new settlers out there!

    • Lisa M. April 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      No problem, best of luck to you and your family!

  4. Razwana May 2, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    I still love that ride! In Disneyland Paris though!

    It annoys me when people post pics of what they’re about to eat! But yes, I totally agree – we would never have ‘met’ if it wasn’t for social media.

    Have you transferred online relationships to offline relationships?

    – Razwana

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