Platform! Branding! Social Media! Twitter! LinkedIn! Facebook! Rstat.us! Fame! Success! Numbers! Strategy! Network! Globalize! Promote! Sell!
Whoa there, pal. I have a headache and I didn’t even get through ten percent of the social networking buzzwords.
I’ve always been a computer person. I grew up in the Seattle area and computers were the norm. My grandparents had Pong (sweet!). I got an Atari 2600 for Christmas (back in the day when it came bundled with Pac Man and Combat!) and I was hooked. My brother and I spent hours camped out in the den in sleeping bags, beneath a ramshackle fort we had created, playing video games.
Some of my best friends were met in online video games. I even met my spouse in a video game. (Embarrassingly enough, it’s true — and we’re coming up on 7 years of marital bliss.) When online life was new, most of my friends shunned me, saying they’d never understand. At one point, a group of them came over and tried doing an intervention. And where are they now?