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A group of us have been having a debate about what you should really post on social media outlets because, while you may have a large group of 'friends" most should really be called acquaintances as you rarely come into contact with them and while you might share a beer or two with them you really only know each other superficially.

The thing is, sharing news in this fashion can be very efficient. Those who want to respond will do so. Others will not, and that seems to be OK.

SR.com is the same way - perhaps with even a bit of a different twist. Many of us here, as opposed to something like Facebook, have never met F2F and only know each other by our handles, what we post about and our general inclinations. Even though we may have never met we would consider some we have discussions with here to be our friends. We know that we could walk up to each other and shake hands or hug, have some brews and some smoked meats, and pick up the friendship just as you would any other you have had for years.

I would consider a fair number of you to be in that category for me and I have been blazingly honest about things which have happened in my life. Some have ignored (which is OK) and some have weighed in with all due support and advice.

Having said that, how do you let a group of people know about something important in your life?
 
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Just had a friend post that he lost his niece in a car accident - it was long and heart felt and described the conflicting emotions going on
It seemed that posting was part of the grieving process, and even if you weren't connected to the story it was easy to empathize
 

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A group of us have been having a debate about what you should really post on social media outlets because, while you may have a large group of 'friends" most should really be called acquaintances as you rarely come into contact with them and while you might share a beer or two with them you really only know each other superficially.

The thing is, sharing news in this fashion can be very efficient. Those who want to respond will do so. Others will not, and that seems to be OK.

SR.com is the same way - perhaps with even a bit of a different twist. Many of us here, as opposed to something like Facebook, have never met F2F and only know each other by our handles, what we post about and our general inclinations. Even though we may have never met we would consider some we have discussions with here to be our friends. We know that we could walk up to each other and shake hands or hug, have some brews and some smoked meats, and pick up the friendship just as you would any other you have had for years.

I would consider a fair number of you to be in that category for me and I have been blazingly honest about things which have happened in my life. Some have ignored (which is OK) and some have weighed in with all due support and advice.

Having said that, how do you let a group of people know about something important in your life?

I agree that here is different than FB, and in many ways, I think it's easier to talk about things going in your life here. We have a basis of friendship here that is based on reading each other's comments and ideas over the years - and not tainted by a history of growing up together or knowing other parties-in-interest to the things we have going on. We can ask for advice or just vent about things here that I'm sure most of us would never post on Facebook.

I pretty much use Facebook to make jokes or funny references, post pictures every now and then - and just generally keep up with the universe of people you've known over the years. But it's a superficial kind of contact, not a lot of depth at all. I find the interaction here much more satisfying and helpful in my life now.

That said, it depends on what "important things" are. I certainly posted on FB when my kids were born or when we relocated - stuff like that. I lets that circle of people (that I would want to know those basic things) keep up with that kind of stuff really easily. But at the same time, if I was going through something like a divorce or terminally ill parent, I wouldn't be posting about it there, apart from perhaps some kind of closing note after it all happened. If I needed to talk about those things as I was going through them, I would be far more likely to do it here.
 

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I feel this place is sooooo much more satisfying than FB, and I do feel a certain kinship with all the posters here. And you all make me laugh or chuckle at least almost every time I come here. Kudos, just laughed at the last several posts.
 

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