I was spending a quiet Saturday morning doing some blog reading when I came across this beautiful story from my friend Michael Winn (follow!), as posted as a comment on Valeria Maltoni’s blog (also follow!). He’s given me a permission to run it here as an inspirational example of the power of friends and social media. Here’s Michael:
Some argue that the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter threaten the depths of our human relationships and separate society’s connection with the real world. Others argue that what began as a social interactive platform is slowly becoming a superficial sea of subversive status updates and covert spamming. I would offer the possibility that while those arguments have valid points, genuine connection is happening between both worlds. Passion is the key to any authentic connection. For me, it started with mint.
Embarrassingly, I recently have found the delicious and refreshing taste of the Mojito. Traditionally made of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime, carbonated water, and mint, Mojitos are the perfect blend of fresh and exciting. I was hooked. After hitting three stores trying to find fresh mint, I had to settle for the Mojito mixer. Needless to say, my first attempt to create the sublime concoction in my kitchen was a disaster ending in a shelf bought mixer and a less than top shelf brand of rum.
Here is series of Twitter status updates from between myself (TallyDigitalBiz) and RickOpp whom I had never met in real life, but follow on Twitter:
@RickOpp 2:33 PM May 1st “about to go on a mint run — essential for juleps for Derby Day and mojitos for post-golf @ poolside Sunday.”
@TallyDigitalBiz 2:54 PM May 1st “let me know where you find the mint “goods” i went to three stores and struck out, had to settle for just the mixer:”
@RickOpp 3:33 PM May 1st “Tharpe Publix was out & produce guy said other Pubs may b out 2. Got last 2 pkgs @ Tharpe WinnDixie. Try calling others.”
@TallyDigitalBiz 3:39 PM May 1st “Enjoying free WiFi and a black and white at Starbucks on North Monroe*
@RickOpp 3:46 PM MAY 1st “Raise ur hand & wave right now.”
Suddenly, while sitting in Starbucks, I hear a friendly voice ask, “Are you Michael Winn?” I reply, yes. Reaching out to shake hands, I am handed a small package of fresh mint. Stunned, I had just experienced the incredible power of connection between Twitter and real world friendships. RickOpp, who I personally know now as Rick Oppenheim, and I have a Twitter story that will be told over and over.
In less than 73 minutes, two complete strangers found a common interest. By the simple spirit of generosity and hospitality, two people now have a keystone to building something beyond Twitter updates, mint, and a 50 to 1 shot winning the Derby.
As an addendum to this story, Michael told me that he and Rick have worked on two social media consulting projects together since this “meeting of the mint.”
Through this blog I’ve related some of my own social media connection stories. How about you? Do you have a story like Michael’s?
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