American Thanksgiving – A Social Experience

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Although I am not American, I am well aware that this weekend was Thanksgiving in the US.  I found this interesting picture while on Pinterest.  I found this picture interesting because it shows how easy it is to collect social media facts, it also shows how much of daily life people are posting on social media.

Social media is so integrated into everyone’s life that they feel the need to share their side dishes, desserts, recipes, and when they are eating dinner.  If as they were posting they realized that their social media engagement could be turned into statistics on Thanksgiving do you think this would cause people to think twice before posting.

As a social media user does it worry you that people are using your posts to monitor statistics?  Does know that marketing companies can target you through your posts cause you to rethink how open you are on social media or have you accepted this as a common factor of using social media?

The added benefit of this post is that on Black Friday people were still posting about turkey – meaning the true meaning of Thanksgiving is not lost — a big turkey dinner that is!!

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The Most Honest And Heartbreaking Reason To Leave Your Front Door Unlocked I’ve Ever Heard

It seems fitting that I start this post off in two ways.  Firstly, by apologizing for the lack of posts these last few days – life has just been absolutely crazy!  Secondly, by saying Happy Thanksgiving to any American friends out there – may your weekend be filled with lots of turkey and family!

I came across the video linked above while doing my usual morning creep of Facebook.  This video does not talk about the power of social media, nor does it say anything regarding social media.  However, I decided to post it for it showcases the power that social media holds.  Neil Hilborn is the man talking in the video.  Through spoken word he describes how his extreme OCD has shaped his relationship with his girlfriend.  This heartfelt and heartbreaking video is touching and I urge you to take 3 minutes out of your day to watch it.

Other than being a beautiful spoken word – this video has a powerful and moving message.  However, without social media how many people could have experienced this?  Chances are without social media Neil’s words would not have touched nearly as many.  Now with a Facebook page with over 1.5 million likes, Neil not only has support of millions of people, millions of people have been able to find support.

Sometimes I think it is so easy to analyze all aspects of social media, and for good reason because we can learn so much.  Other times I think it is just better to sit back and take it all in.  We have a world at our fingertips; we can spread our stories, take in others’, and above all we have the ability to reach out to millions of people with a simple click.  As powerful this can be for an organization, it’s a pretty powerful thought for a struggling individual too.