Facebook: Providing a Way to Reach Out to the World

by Ron on April 21, 2009

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I have a friend who has a serious medical condition that has forced her to spend most of her time in doors. She uses Facebook to reach out to the world outside her house and she reports it’s been a life saver, literally.

She can communicate with friends, post pictures of her art work and photos and have a life line outside of her house, even if she can’t go out most of the time. If you think about it, Facebook gives us all that kind of link, but perhaps not in such a profound way.

As a self-employed writer working at home I use social media to connect with friends and colleagues too and to share information about my life with people I can’t connect with on a daily basis. My friend and colleague (and socmedia101 guest poster) Christine Pilch describes Twitter, for example, as her virtual water cooler.

Even if you aren’t working alone, you can use social media to meet people you might never have met, connect with folks who are hard to reach with other communications methods and feel a link to the world outside your window in a way that only social media tools like Facebook can provide.

We might not all be like my friend, cut off due to circumstances well beyond her control, unable to go outside most of the time, but we all have the same ability to reach out to the outside  world and contact our friends and colleagues, exchange our ideas and thoughts and have a means of being social, that’s no less real than ambling over to the next cubby and chatting with a colleague.

Photo by pasotraspaso on Flickr.

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1 Mark Sherrick April 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

I have been able to use social media to help me overcome a long battle with depression and social anxiety. Of course sometimes my condition makes social media a burden, but more often than not, I am very happy to communicate via social media. I have been able to adapt the way I communicate outside of my online world to include some of the things I do in social media to keep myself calm and be as social as I am (for the most part) on Twitter, or in my blog(s).

I totally see where this post is coming from, and wish that more people with disability or homebound could be taught how to use social media to keep in touch with people and not feel so alone.

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