February 4, 2014
by Debbie Elicksen
By Debbie Elicksen
According to Facebook, I’ve been a member since 2007.
It is hard to believe I was a reluctant follower, but then again, you have to realize I was slow at embracing the computer, and then the Internet. It was a member of my football family who made the suggestion to join at first, but I was still wary. Then I watched an episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz where he and two other reporters discussed their being on Facebook. That segment got me to reconsider.
I opened a profile that week, and I have never looked back.
Once I found some of the people I knew from my physical circles, including other members of my football and professional sports family, I naturally engaged in conversations — some controversial, some not. Through my connections’ connections, my friend list grew, but so did the list of new people — those I would not have met if it were not for Facebook.
For me, these connections are extremely rich and engaging. It isn’t about numbers — chalking up as many friends as your profile allows.
I found Kathleen Mitchell from New London, Connecticut in a lively discussion on one of Howard Kurtz’s personal page’s feeds. She was witty and funny and I decided to send her a friend request. Through her, I received friend requests from 10 other people, including Christopher Pawelski, a most hilarious onion farmer from Florida, New York. The two have been the source of many smiles over the years, and it’s a bonus that Christopher and I are linked by a love of college football. He’s now entertaining my sister, too, and Kathleen has connected with another friend of a friend/colleague.
Resli Costabell from London, England was another gifted connection I made. She volunteered for the London Olympics and that was an experience we could both relate to. (I volunteered for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.) She has also been the source of many laughs, especially her friends whose comments are delightfully full of that well-famed British humor.
Cassandra Jeffers from Healdsburg, California and I connected through one of my hockey broadcast peeps and she has been a wonderful friend and resource, as she has given me advice on improving my communication skills with high school and university students.
Dan Frederickson from Calgary, Alberta and I connected through our common interest of lacrosse. We met in real life and have been to two concerts together.
I could go on.
Many of the people I’ve met in other platforms, such as Spreecast, Stage 32, our Virtual Newsmakers show guests, etc. — have connected with me on Facebook. Then there are those who have been life-lines, friends and business associates wrapped in one.
It’s been great to connect with some of my dear friends and family members here — especially those who were not so digital until Facebook lured them in.
But it isn’t just about personal connections. Facebook has been the main communication tool for getting decisions made, sharing information, and for giving and receiving leads. Facebook is the new landline.
So before I sign off in this post, I want to send love to those to whom I am grateful beyond words for our connection in and out of Facebook, who I just can’t imagine a day without: Donna Price, Jennifer Miller-Bender, Cynthia Seymour, Rhonda Martin, Donna Matheson, Coral Sterling, Stephen Bender, Sharon Axelrod, Mary Parsons Sulzer, Rob del Mundo. I would like to give a shout-out to everyone, as every single person has offered some nugget of sunshine into my world, some more than others. :)
So this is my Facebook birthday celebration — to show appreciation to those who connected and continue to be an important part of my feed.