I saw a woman in a store and I knew she looked familiar, but I just couldn't remember where I had seen her. Had we met through a mutual friend? Was she an old school mate? Where did this woman make an appearance in my life? And then it hit me, "I knew her from Instagram." I struggled with what I should do with my new found information. Should I approach her, introduce myself and thank her for following me, or would that just be too weird. Perhaps I was wrong, maybe she only resembled the woman on Instagram. What added to my apprehension in approaching her is that I recognized her while she was at her place of employment, a place never mentioned in any of her posts. I didn't want her to feel as if I was invading a part of her life which she had not made public. So there I stood, motionless, as I grappled with how to address this situation.
Social networking is so often used as a tool to bring people together to share information, but it's also a means of escape for others. Some use social networking sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook merely to vent, seek encouragement or catch a glimpse into the lives of others. Despite our varied uses of social networking platforms, I think many of us can agree that social networking has in some ways altered interactions between humans. In years past had I come across someone who seemed familiar it's likely that I would have asked that person a direct question, hoping they remembered me too.
In the end, I didn't say hello to her and I believe my opportunity was missed, because I haven't seen her since. Have you every introduced yourself to someone you only knew online? Do tell :-)
P.S. If you see me, do say hello, unless I look a mess then please wash that image out of your head and continue to watch my Youtube videos.....lol. Kidding....kind of.
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