Since I started blogging and got more involved online, it’s been a revelation how much those worlds can intersect.
It’s no big revelation that the internet broadens the world and also brings the world together. Online you can find anything you want to know—and you can also find people who know it.
Even better, those people are open to share what they know. And for this reason my first Friendly Friday starts with someone who personifies that.
I can’t imagine life without the internet to broaden my world; even after 15 years, I’m still not completely adjusted to living in a town the size of Carmel. Still it never occurred to me among all the multitudes on Twitter, I would randomly connect with someone I never met, living in the same small town.
And here I thought I was an early adopter of Twitter, at least for my age group (the Geritol demographic). I also thought people closer to the Mark Zuckerberg generation are mostly the mavens of the internet.
Well, Al Gore didn’t invent it and neither did Sarah Browne , but she’s been involved with the internet since its infancy. And I’m constantly amazed at her insights and wealth of knowledge—–and willingness to share it.
As a bonus, she’s also willing to share more tangible things—like her new home in Sausalito or a decadent chocolate dessert I shouldn’t be eating in the first place.
Sarah is so creative she long ago coined a term for the haphazard way we connected—Strategic serendipity. I love it. Even better is what she calls online E-holes. (You’ll have to ask her to explain that one.)
Being someone who can barely browse on my Blackberry and only recently mastered the remote, I’m astounded that Sarah manages to stay current in a world where things are outdated before I’ve heard of them. Honestly I don’t know how she does it. Luckily I don’t need to know, as long as she does—whether it’s trends or technology or travel—colors or changes on Facebook or even chocolate. So it’s no surprise my new guru is known online as The Guru of New. and on Twitter too @guruofnew if this post has convinced more people to try Twitter.
Strategic serendipity–you might find some too, or if you’re really lucky, even a friend.