Social Media Makes the World a Small Place!

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The other day I got an email from a young woman who used to intern for me when my firm, HJMT, was in Long Beach.  The woman was in High School at the time.

In the note, she told me that she had gotten a job in Switzerland and was going to be the social media person for the agency. She said she knew nothing about social media and Googled it online.  She was surprised when my name came up and she said she wanted to reach out.

Obviously, I told her that I could train her if her company bought me a roundtrip ticket to Switzerland.  But, I never heard back from her.

A few hours after that, I got a message from a Facebook friend who was interested in meeting up with me in NYC. He lives in San Francisco and works for a major newspaper as a technology writer. At first, I was a little reluctant.  Shouldn’t I be concerned about meeting people I don’t know?

But the guy seemed so nice and I wanted to connect in person with him so I met him for lunch. When we saw each other, we hugged. It was like we were long-lost friends from another time. We had a great conversation and will continue to be FB friends and converse in the future.

The other day, I was at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County walk when a woman came up to me from behind. “Hilary?” she said.

“Yes,” I said.

“I’m your friend on Facebook!” she said and I immediately recognized her name. She was volunteering for the day and I was supporting the event. We hugged and told each other how good it was to see each other!

Social media really makes the world a small place, even if at first you connect with someone virtually!


  1. Margaret Caccioppoli-Bruce

    I always believed in that saying, “Its a small world” now it should be revised, “Its a smaller world”. I so agree with you and I have had that happen to me as well. It has many benefits, if you are wise, cautious and adventurous too. I loved that last line in your blog, “even if at first you connect with someone virtually! because people don’t realize that although you may be FB friends for now, you never know when you will meet and what good may come out of that meeting.  Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Hilary

      Thanks for your comments!

  2. Lisa

    Definitely a small world!

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