When Facebook Friends Are Real
- February 4, 2013
- Posted by: Rochelle
- Category: Creativity + Inspiration, Social Media
It brings the world to our doorstep—and delivers us out to a bigger universe. I meet people I might never otherwise and my work and my life are the richer for it.
You can go wide or deep. You can make followers, connections and “friends”. You can be strictly business or blend your work and social lives.
I tend to blur the lines a bit. Which is how I became friends with Gloria Ruhrmund. We connected through one of my LinkedIn groups when she started her own firm in South Africa. We shared a few ideas and she invited me to become Facebook friends.
We never met. We never spoke. Over time—about three years—we become personal fans of each other through Facebook. We bonded over tales and pictures of Africa, love, heartbreak, ballet, fashion, books and her beloved son Kels. In ways that my favorite women do, we cheered each other on and gave words of comfort during tragedy.
We were friends.
When she was diagnosed with cancer, we buzzed about alternative treatment options. We emailed about cancer fundraising. I sent her a few inspirational tidbits. She handled all of her trials with grace and dignity, right down to saying goodbye once she knew she wouldn’t win this battle.
When Gloria passed away last week, I didn’t grieve for a “Facebook friend”, but a real, gutsy, spirited woman who I am proud to call friend. Someone who left an indelible impression for which I am profoundly grateful.
I want you to have a Gloria too.
Start today—take a deeper social media dive with a few good souls who intrigue you.
I promise it won’t be smoke and mirrors.