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What I lost when I found you: Life after social media.

August 31, 2009 15 Comments

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A Face Book

Last week’s post about digital intimacy generated some great debate about how our lives have been changed by social media. It seems appropriate to look back and have some fun with what we might have lost on the way:

I miss losing touch with you.

I miss the challenge of trying to distil the last six years of my life into a thirty-second soundbite.

I miss life and memory and time served in chunks you wrap in butcher’s paper rather than sprinkle in granulated form.

I miss redundant phrases like, “What have you been up to?”, “What’s been going on?” and “Where have you been?”

I miss saying, “What ever happened to him?”

I miss wondering if you were single, married, divorced or dead.

I miss not knowing what you had for lunch.

I miss High School reunions where you could lie about yourself and no one could prove you wrong.

I miss hearing your name and thinking, “That rings a bell”.

I miss forgetting we were friends then remembering.

I miss not having you around.

I miss missing you.

I miss the distance between us.

I miss the not-for-broadcast, single-media, private access version of you.

Anyone got any more?

A blue bird.

A blue bird.

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15 responses to “What I lost when I found you: Life after social media.”

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  2. shapah says:

    I miss the way I remembered you.

  3. shapah says:

    I miss the way I remembered you.

  4. Fanny Lawren says:

    I miss your sweet laugh and warm hugs.

  5. Fanny Lawren says:

    I miss your sweet laugh and warm hugs.

  6. Jan says:

    I miss the necessity of an actual reunion.

  7. Jan says:

    I miss the necessity of an actual reunion.

  8. Hannah says:

    I miss coming up to someone that I didn’t know and not thinking “Hmm, that name rings a bell..I’ve seen them online”

  9. Hannah says:

    I miss coming up to someone that I didn’t know and not thinking “Hmm, that name rings a bell..I’ve seen them online”

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  11. zippy poopskate says:

    i miss having fond memories of a funny intelligent person who i later discover is a boring idiot.

    that’s why i don’t ‘follow’ anyone.

  12. simonwakelin says:

    hey simon, tripped on this one: Indeed… it's all here all now… read the other day how the media of today feels like the fast revolution of the 50's, a fascinating comparison; everyone was suddenly so amazed that they could get food so cheap that they gorged themselves on it, like we gorge ourselves on technology today… both lack consciousness, both run by frantic compulsion, even addiction… right here, right now or not at all…..

  13. I agree, Simon. Early adoption is usually followed by over-adoption and then self-correction. That said, there seems to be a systemic shift in how brands and consumers communicate even if Facebook and Twitter come and go one day. I'm guilty of too much myself right now, I'm sure. Maybe we'll all look back and laugh at this phase one day. Thanks for the feedback. Simon

  14. Joseph says:

    I'm just glad those days are over.

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Reading Time: 1 minutesSimon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world.

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