I don't usually put hash tags in my blog titles. I know that it'll catch some more hits if I do, maybe, but that's not the point of titling blogs for me. But I think it's appropriate today since it's what someone said. But before they said that, I sat on my floor and cackled.
Mid-afternoon yesterday I got a tweet from a New Yorker whom I've met once before. We ran into each other at church last fall but knew who the other was...by our Twitter handles. This is someone that I've followed for probably going on two years. I have no idea how it started, but my guess is one of us did a search for Episcopal something or other. So earlier in the day he tweets me asking about the Advent Lessons and Songs at the Seminary tonight. I think he came last year or meant to.
Well, just before the service starts, I see that he's tweeted, "As @erinwarde would say, ADVENT HYMN SING Y'ALL!" Even pasting it I'm starting to laugh. You see, the person who was tweeting (it's @_Barajas), to my knowledge, has never met @ErinWarde...who went to college with me and was one of my dearest friends through it and is still today. And a statement that ends in an all caps "y'all" is right up her alley. I retweeted it with "best tweet ever."
So yes, it's a small community. After the service tonight I talked to Christopher for a few minutes, just briefly, about someone in New York City coming to something at my seminary while quoting someone I went to college with. That is networking and building relationships. Some people say that that makes Twitter superior to Facebook, but I disagree. There are ways to meet new people and build relationships on both networks, though in different ways. One requires far more engagement for it to work, but it's easy to do that kind of engagement on either if you don't feel like a creeper chatting to someone you don't really know (yet), but are waiting to meet you.
Who might you be waiting to meet this Advent?