So many invitations to join in the past. I just didn't want to make the time to click and login and confirm and - and - and.
Myspace dot what? And Why?
Now that "it" happened, and I'm "socially" networked, others know can know who my friends are, how we are acquainted, what they've sent me and so forth. I'm still uncertain how public I want to be, especially with former students, but I was prepared by twits who can follow who I follow.
I've enjoyed my twitbin which allows me an asynchronous peek into the lives of my compatriots in China.
All I know is that in less than 48 hours:
- I was connected to a HS senior who had been my kindergarten student my kindergarten year of k-12 teaching.
- I found out what is going on with my former students from Saudi Arabia.
- My ace-boon-coon #1 buddy added me a day later and shared the stories of her heart I missed hearing
- And my partner in practical jokes from Alaska sent me Thanksgiving wishes and brought me up to speed on those victims (yes, the current president and a whoopee cushion right after a speech!) lost but not forgotten.
Finally, what about networking on a professional level? Can I "write it forward" and find ways to connect the dots to other purposes? I'm watching a colleague take flight by including every contact in his social networks as he does his globetrotting sharing. As part of a company instead of being an independent contractor, I wonder how an associate (me!) would manage this volume of communication. I can tell there is a strong need for this sort of insta-link in our professional community, but when do I phase that into the high demands already faced? Remembering my life as a performing artist, I'm not quite ready for that transition to free agent.