With Thanksgiving upon us, the annual stories on travel snafus, Black Friday shopping statistics, favorite family recipes and deep seated familial issues rearing themselves at the dinner table have started appearing.
With social media having reached a critical mass tipping point this past year – doesn't the movie The Social Network prove this? — I wonder how much social media will become an integral part of our Thanksgiving and other holiday experiences this year. After all, aren't holidays about celebrations that bring us together, to reconnect, to continue traditions and to build memories? It's only natural that social media not only becomes part of the experience, but to fundamentally extend it in new ways, and yes, even enhance it.
Think about how this will play out. We'll see tons of Facebook posts and pictures of turkey dinners, family portraits and high school football games. Twitter will be alive with tweets about who ran into who at the high school reunion; who under or overcooked the turkey; who ate too much; who fell asleep on the couch, and so forth. All things we've shared before, but now it will be on a much broader scale.
Some traditionalists will frown upon these developments. They'll see social media as further eroding the direct connection essence of these gatherings. There may be some truth in that, but I think that ship has sailed. Just as watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual NFL Thanksgiving Day games have worked their way into the rhythm of the day, so too will social media.
Tell me what you think. Will social media be a part of your celebration this year?