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Social Media and Imaginary Friendships

4 Feb

Does social media make you feel more connected or more isolated?

For me, it’s hard to tell.  I’ve made some in-real-life friendships that were started by social media.  I can even thank social media for my marriage– a mutual friend introduced Mr. Beez to my blog, and he got to know me well online before we met in person (single ladies, take note: if he’s interested in you, he should be reading what you write.  If he doesn’t care to read what you have to say, move on!)  I’ve learned about so many cool events and creative people online, without the internet I’d have a much quieter existence.

In contrast, there are times when social media makes me feel very alone.  When I see friends post fun events they’re at online, and I’m not there, I feel a twinge of exclusion (even despite the rational part of my brain saying that you can’t be invited to everything, all the time, by everybody).  Or sometimes, when I meet a blogger I’ve been reading for a while in real life, and assume they know as much about me as I know about them, only to learn they’ve never heard of my blog (how can I even expect to know that I’m there, if I’m not leaving a comment).  Although such minor occurrences, they’re a splash of cold water reminding me that there is a difference between life online and life out in life, and the interactions between the two aren’t the same.

The most surreal online/real life dichotomy I experienced was when I made the mistake of reading internet messageboards on pregnancy and parenting issues.  There is only one thing more absolutely insane than the comments sections on local news sites, and those are pregnancy/parenting messageboards.  The shrieking hysteria of those boards quickly convinced me that my family and friends were all judging me fiercely, were out to derail all of my best efforts about my child, and that if strayed from the learned advice of those messageboards and succumbed to the foolish persuasion of my family or those know-nothing doctors, then I wasn’t acting in my baby’s best interests (this is why now I offer my pregnant friends this sage advice: DO NOT READ THE INTERNET WHILE PREGNANT.)  To put it mildly, while pregnant, the internet made me crazy and at times drove a wedge between me and my not-as-crazy husband.  This, for sure, was isolating.

If yinz internet friends are up for some in-real-life hanging out, I’ve got these cool events on my calendar this week:

February’s DoughRaiser and TweetUp at Uno’s Chicago Grill, benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank  Grab a slice of pizza, chat with some tweeps, and raise some cash for the Food Bank.  What’s not to love?

After Hours @ the Library!  (this event has sold out, but there’s another one coming up in May)  Cocktails and snacks and music in the library? Sign me up!

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Creative Mornings Pittsburgh’s breakfast talk with Mike Capsambelis of Awesome Pittsburgh This breakfast talk series has been a smashing success. The tickets go FAST, so you need to get to your computer quickly when they become available. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to chat with energetic and creative people, and is a bright way to kick off a Friday morning.

So where do you weigh in? Does social media make you feel more connected? Or does it make you feel isolated?

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Thursday Mashup

13 Dec

1. Tweet Tweet

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I went to the PGH TweetUp last night at Verde, and met a lot of great new people and had a fun time! I am typically NOT comfortable with walking into a room full of people I don’t know and just “networking,” but everyone was super easygoing and friendly. It was so fun! And I’m excited about getting to know other people who are just as crazy about social media as I am!

I was so busy talking with people that I took few pictures. But I DID snap a picture of the birthday tequila, for one of the TweetUp attendees who was celebrating his 30th!

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Verde graciously offered a 20% discount on all gift cards purchased last night. I didn’t end up eating dinner there (but had a Paloma cocktail, and it was GOOD), so I did pick up a gift card so that Mr. Beez and I will be sure to stop by to sample the grub! I’m excited, because it looked super super delicious.

2. Holidays holidays

Holiday parties are in full swing right now, and my motivation has sunken to a record low. I have work to do, and it should be done timely and effectively. However, the temptation to skip out of work and go to the movies is KILLING me. I’m generally all-or-nothing. I get in to work, I work straight through with few breaks, and go home. I’m thinking maybe I should toss some other breaks in there to keep myself motivated. How do you deal with the wintertime blahs?

3. Poultry in the Mail

Looky here what arrived at my office yesterday. Yessssss.
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4.  Random photo I took last week of the view from Bankruptcy Court.

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Reader Assignment: Go have fun in Pgh!

11 Nov

This coming week is one of those weeks where there is a TON of fun stuff going on.  As luck would have it, I’m going to be out of town doing lawyer things for most of the next week, so I am going to miss it.  But if I WERE in Pittsburgh, this would be the stuff I would be doing:

On Tuesday, Propelle (Helping Women Entrepreneurs Take Flight) is having their one year anniversary networking happy hour!  I’ve gotten to know Emily through the BlogMob events we’ve been co-hosting, and I have been really impressed by all the awesome things that Propelle is doing for women business owners in Pittsburgh. Propelle provides a unique and much-needed function for women in Pittsburgh, and this special birthday is cause to celebrate!

On Wednesday, Neil Gaiman is speaking at the Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland) as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series.  Sandman? Stardust? American Gods? Coraline? Anansi Boys? Excellent. General Admission tickets start at just $15.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh twitterers are getting together for a monthly TweetUp at the Porch at Schenley Plaza!  Good people, good food, and drink specials! What’s not to like?

And finally, on Friday, it is Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh.  I’ve been living here for 12 years, and shamefully, I’ve only made it to Light Up Night once.  Baby Beez would love all the lights and festivities, but she’ll have to wait til next year.  Light Up Night marks the season opening of the PPG Place skating rink, maybe this year will be the year I finally get around to getting a lunchtime ice skating season pass!

Readers, please go out and have FUN in the city this week, there is so much to do! Tell me all about your adventures!
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