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I recently posted this on my Facebook page:

I thank you and appreciate you, my Facebook friends.
Like many other people, I tried to keep my Facebook postings mostly politics-free. It’s not easy to do that anymore, because there are so many things going on, so many perspectives to share, and so much passion involved. I know we don’t all agree on issues, but I still think that diversity of thoughts and beliefs, and the ability to compassionately express them, are some of our greatest strengths as a country.
Even though many of my Facebook friends see things from a totally different point of view than I do, you haven’t dropped me and I haven’t dropped you. I don’t plan to drop friends who think differently than me, and I hope we remain friends.

I received positive support on this posting from friends at all levels of the political spectrum (in the USA). Many of us realize we likely won’t be changing other peoples’ minds: even people we care for, even with ideas we vehemently support or oppose. But we are in this big boat together, and will need to make landings together along the journey. We can keep our own ideals, while being courteous and respectful to others, while delivering and receiving matter kindly, while listening to diverse thoughts and opinions. Along the way we might learn something that will help us find solutions to our current problems and impasses.

I believe in sharing as much or as little as we care to about our political beliefs on social media, while bringing our authentic selves to the conversation. (As I say this, I truly appreciate I can do so because of my right to freedom of speech, and I recognize that not all people have this privilege.) Most importantly, we can make the effort to be respectful, even when we don’t agree.

 

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Are you social media savvy?   If you are like me, you are making an effort to communicate online.  I think this is just the tip of the iceberg of what social networking will be in the future, although I think it will look a lot different then.  But, I want to get my toe in the water now, so I don’t get rolled over by the wave.

First of all, there is Facebook.  What can you say?  If Facebook was a country, it would be the fifth most populous nation on earth!  And guess who comprises the fastest growing demographic on Facebook? Women over 55! Whether or not you are part of that demographic, it says something about who is now using this popular form of social networking. I love to see what my friends and relatives are doing.  I especially enjoy viewing photos and updates of my nieces, nephews, and other young people in my life who are my Facebook “friends.” If you have been cautious about online privacy, and haven’t made the leap yet, know that here are privacy settings on Facebook that might increase your comfort level.

Besides Facebook, I am signed up with LinkedIn, a site for business networking and job hunting.  I have not signed up for Twitter, because I really don’t see the personal benefits at this time.  You already know I blog, because that is where I am posting this piece. I also enjoy reading blogs, those of my friends and others I have come across, and I like to revisit them occasionally for updates.

Recently I learned about RSS, meaning Really Simple Syndication according to Wikipedia, which allows you to view updates to your frequently visited sites in one place. (You may have seen the letters RSS or its graphic symbol on websites or blogs). I am too new to it to explain it well, but luckily I don’t have to!  There are people at  CommonCraft.com who will explain RSS (and other social media subjects) in a 3-minute long video online.  This site was featured in Nick Summer’s article titled “Technology for Dummies” in the June 1, 2009 issue of Newsweek magazine.  After viewing it, I signed up with Google Reader , but there are other sites that serve this purpose also.  If you decide to sign up with RSS, I hope you’ll add the blog you are reading now: www.shelleyo.wordpress.com to your subscription list.

Whatever you choose to do – or not do – online, I think it is a good idea to “Google” yourself once in awhile to see what your online presence, if any, is like.  You may discover something unexpected, and may want to make changes to something that others can find online.  I like to live my life in a spirit of no surprises! 

I would love to hear what you have to say about this subject.  Any comments?  Let’s discuss!

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