Posted by: Mike Whitmore | September 16, 2009

Fostering Relationships

Lately at several social and business events I find that I am either talking with people directly, or overhearing their conversations about their experience in Social Media. The conversations center on what someone posted on Facebook or Twitter. So from my limited experiences we’re not only sharing online, but we continue talking in-person about the conversation we started online.

What’s going on here?  Social Media fosters more conversation – not less.

Have you experienced the same in your daily life?

I know more about my relatives than ever before (that’s a scary thought right there) and more about friends I’ve not seen in a long time, more about high school friends and their families and I’m connected to friends overseas.

Back in the early 90’s I was the drummer for the band, London Bridge. We were THE biggest band in Utah as we played all covers – but – we played them virtually like the original tunes. We were an amazing party and dance band and we played INXS, Michael Jackson, Howard Jones, EMF and other Top 40 artists at the time. The crowd would watch us play because we almost sounded like the actual artist’s CD.

We have some fantastic memories too – like playing in the Utah State Capitol building, which, being made out of solid marble was one heck of an acoustical challenge with tons of reverb. In fact, you might still here us echoing off the walls in there…

Then there’s the night following the gig our lead guitarist took off with a fan on his bullet bike and we could hear him racing around town on it at 3 am.

Or, on another night, all of us were stunned by a brunette beauty in a green sequined gown. The four of us were dazed, but our lead guitarist was the only single guy in the group and she was with a date. Then, in front of her DATE she gave our guy her number . . . AND HE NEVER CALLED HER! We’ve never let him live that one down.

Recently all of us reconnected on Facebook and it’s just dang cool to catch up with the guys! Yeah, we had the complete Blues Brothers conversation with references of “getting the band back together” and such, but even more importantly we now get to catch up and rekindle long-term friendships. And I had lunch with our lead singer recently – what an amazing and talented singer! He now leads a top-notch SAP consulting firm in San Francisco.

How cool is that?

That’s one of many of my stories of reconnecting to old friends via Social Media. What’s your story? Please feel free to comment and post the link to your favorite story of how you reconnected to someone via Social Media . . .

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Responses

  1. Cool site, love the info.

  2. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..

    -Bill-Bartmann

  3. Thanks for the comments and kudos for the blog site! I hope this gives some small insights of how social media can build lasting friendships and business relationships!


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