“Last call for Sunday dinner. If I don’t hear from you via FB or phone by 11 AM tomorrow I’ll take that as a no.”
Direct quote: My Grandma
My Grandma, Dee, is 76 years old. She unplugs the computer when it freezes up (Dee, seriously, stop that). She always thinks someone is hacking her account. She doesn’t want a phone with a camera. She is one of my most favorite humans on the Earth.
And…she Facebooks. She likes, comments, posts, tags, shares, LOLs, calls my mom her “BFF” - she is a Facebook machine. A champion of Facebook, if you will.
76. Facebook. SEVENTY-SIX.
When ASHA-goers (who are younger than 76) have seen my “I Tweet” sticker it has induced reactions of:
- Camaraderie: “You tweet? Me too! What’s your handle?”
- Judgment: “Oh. You tweet. (accompanied by ‘the face’)”
- Awe: “You tweet? Coooool!”
- Confusion: “You tweet. Whatsa tweet? Have I been twitting and didn’t know
But they, and you, CAN TWEET! Among other things! It is not so hard! I PROMISE.
When I got on Facebook in 2006 it was about collecting friends, like Pogs or Pokemon (gotta catch ‘em all!). Who has the most friends? Who has the most tags? Who likes the best bands? Who has the funniest quotes? – I think it has maintained that stigma so people have generalized this time-suck to ALL social media. This is an outdated view of social media, and it ages you when you act like you’ve never heard of “the Twitter.” While social media can still be used for silly, superficial functions (as well as being used to majorly creep on people), it and other sites, can be used for so much more.
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, Hipster-Underground-Sites, blogs, ASHACommunity. These sites are used to facilitate sharing, educating, learning, AND (you CSD professionals should like this one!) COMMUNICATING.
Tonight in the West Terrace, Maggie McGary helped get all the #slpeeps and #audpeeps (people who use social media to share CSD information) in one place for the annual Tweetup. We didn’t do anything earth shattering, but it just goes to show that social media is slowly, but surely, proving that it can bring people together. As a profession we support communication and interaction! We are all coo-coo for cocoa puffs over apps and AAC. So why are we so scared of other technological avenues for communicating?
With the advent of smart phones, iPads, netbooks, wifi, and goodness knows what else – using social media is easy as a touch. With one finger. THE TIP OF ONE FINGER. A LIGHT TOUCH WITH THE TIP OF ONE FINGER.
I want to challenge all of you to use social media in SOME WAY this year. Advocate. Connect with your state or national associations. Advertise. Find a common ground with a client. Get to know an #slpeep. Share an interesting link. Then maybe next year we’ll see YOU at the Tweetup!
PS – I’m at the Hostel at Fifth and Market and I had 12 minutes of Internet. I wrote this by hand. OLD SCHOOL.
PPS- I’m addicted to ASHA. I’m never leaving. I will be continuing the conference after you all leave. You’re welcome to join me.
(Samantha is one of the official ASHA Convention bloggers! Stay tuned for more insights from her and the other bloggers before, during and after convention.)
Samantha Weatherford, B.A., is a second-year, speech-language pathology graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She writes about speech-path and grad school on her blog, so to Speak. Does she think it is a coincidence that the first ever ASHA Convention was in St. Louis, MO, her beautiful hometown, and she chose to be an SLP? NOPE. FATE.