HI, I’M tONYA AND IT’S
GREAT TO MEET YOU
Want my resume? You can find that on LinkedIn.
Here’s what LinkedIn can’t tell you:
I believe that with great power comes great responsibility (Thank you, Stan Lee!) and I have made a career out of the responsible use of online space to create community.
All the way back to 2005 when a newspaper publisher asked me to check into “this MySpace thing” to see if it could help the business. MySpace as a channel didn’t excite me and the idea of social media at that time made me scoff (My 4-year-old would tell you that’s fancy for “laugh in a teasing way”). Why would anyone spend time “talking” to strangers online when you could just pick up the phone or meet for coffee?
I had seen this type of connection in online forums back when I was in college, but those were private. Nobody used their real names or even shared their locations. And most of them were invite-only communities.
Social media was a different animal.
It was PUBLIC.
And yet what I first saw on MySpace, I later saw on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram.
The busier people get, the higher the number of competing priorities they juggle, the more important online relationships have become.