Fall is in the air, sharp and crisp, as I maneuver my way down Hamilton Avenue in the heart of Northside. The sun is shining, the sky above is a deep shade of azure and completely cloudless. I am multi-tasking of course; trying to find the hip lunch spot Melt, looking for building numbers to determine whether to devote my gaze to the left or right and helping a friend with a serious personal problem via mobile. A loud horn breaks my concentration, just enough to see a parking lot with an artistic onyx metal gate surrounding it just up to my right. Still not quite sure where I am, I decide that parking and walking would probably be preferable to the locals honking their distate for my seemingly snail-like pace on the main drag. I figure if the locals can exist here without a car, then the walk can’t be that bad. As luck would have it (hmmn, did you know that I am partially psychic??), the lot was directly across the street from Melt.
Phone stilled glued to my ear, I remove my briefcase from the car and commence to cross the street where I am about to meet someone who quite possibly could change my life. What does this have to do with my promise to blog about social media in my life- a kind of spill your guts-social media raw pathway? Well, this Melt meeting was the exact example of social media done right.
Social Media is all about the conversation: an ongoing conversation where relationships are born and growth occurs through learning, friendships, business deals, connections. The power comes when these virtual relationships come off-line and into the leaf-strewn fall winds of our lives. Melt Monday brought two people together in the act of collaborating for the common good, who had never met before. What they had accomplished, was to belong to a greater virtual community on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn, where ideas had been shared and thoughts of future projects began to brew in the upstairs rooms of their psyches.
The previous virtual relationship allowed us to jump right in as if we had known each other for years, because in fact we already knew some of the background narratives. We spent about 3 hours over lunch at Melt and had coffee in a back tree-lined patio at Sidewinder discussing our synchronicities and plotting to take over the Cincinnati Social Media scene. Joking aside, we talked about how we could add to the vibrant social media community in Cincinnati and bring in some new ideas/projects that are working well in other parts of the country. (More to come on this in the future.)
In true social media fashion, I had the waitress at Melt capture our image for posterity and sent it on it’s mobile way to Facebook. Six months ago I met George Williams from New Orleans, Louisiana as a stranger on Twitter, last Monday afternoon I left Northside with a big hug from George Williams, my very good friend. Stay posted on what we cook up next- and you can take that quite literally!!
Note: George’s Blog is Social Gumbo– check him out!