Emily Blankenship | Social Account Manager
This past weekend I found myself traveling the great distance to Mississippi for a wedding. A good friend of mine asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming along, even though I had never met the bride and groom. See, she was driving this 18 hour car ride and didn’t feel safe doing it alone. Merrily, I joined in. We never discussed details, I had a date and a time and that was that.
Our first hour in the car we talked about mutual friends, gossiping and getting updates about life events as all girls do. The second and third hours were full of bad singing and even worse dancing. It wasn’t until about the tenth hour into our trip that I asked her about the wedding. I asked her how she had met the bride given the distance, to my surprise she responded, “well, we have never really met in person.”
My friend then goes on to tell me that she met this girl through Instagram, a social media site where people share pictures of their lives with one another. She said they have been following each other for over a year now, had exchanged telephone numbers, texted and video chatted all the time. It was like they had met, like they were great friends- but in all reality, they did not know each other. I have to admit I was flabbergasted. I assumed we were traveling all this way to see somebody she knew be wed, not to meet this woman for the first time.
Ultimately the wedding was a huge success, and the friendships made were even better. The wedding was beautiful; the people were amazing. We all enjoyed ourselves. We became famous at the wedding reception as the “Instagram friends,” the two that drove all the way from Minnesota to be part of the wedding of a couple they had never truly met.
Working in social media, I take the networks and relationships it creates for granted. It was wonderful to take a step back and see just how much it can impact people’s lives.
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