It’s the interaction that matters to me more than the content of the interaction. The moment people stop talking to people we run into problems as a planet.
It’s important to me. Venues to speak through come and go. Doors open, doors close, other doors open. What I love about online is that there’s always another way somehow.
I made friends on Vine. 15,000+ followers. One day, they shut down.
Where do those connections go?
But bit by bit, people find me. They say “Hey, remember me from Vine?” and we’re connected again. On Facebook, or Instagram, or Youtube or somewhere.
The majority of connections are likely lost forever. That bothers me because once a friend, always a friend somehow. But at least there’s a way for the determined.
I have a friend in India. Her only online is through her phone to Google+. You might have seen her way back on Google+ – Wednesday October was the last name she used I think.
As far as I can tell, she’s in a small village with an uncaring father and the women of the village don’t like her very much.
What happens if Google+ shuts down? Will she find another way?
I don’t know. This is why I feel strongly about increasing internet access in impoverished areas and *not* through limited portals, but even limited portals are *something*.
I just fell into a bad Facebook habit and didn’t take the time to get used to the new Google communities style.
I guess it wasn’t. I’m just been really caught upon in “day-by-day” life so it feels like a long time ago.