Twitter Helped Me Steal Canada’s Greatest Natural Resource 95


Say hi to Meg.

Meg and I should have never met.

Meg lives in Vancouver; the farthest west I’ve ever been is Tennessee. She’s a freelance writer; I schlep to work at a pharmaceutical publishing company every day – no chance we’d ever meet at an industry conference or something like that. The likelihood we’d ever be in the same place at the same time is almost nil.

So how’d we get to being in the same photo, all happy and lovey and whatnot?

Twitter.

Not too long after I joined twitter, I came across Meg. I clicked over to her blog, and was compelled to @ her with my thoughts:

After a few weeks of friendly back and forths, the DMs started. Then IM. Eventually, phone calls. Skype. Video chat.

For a while, we were no more than a Flickr photo or Twitter avatar. But we connected and got closer with each email and phone call. We learned more about each other.

Meg is amazing. She’s beautiful, whether in jeans and flip flops (she LOOOVES the flip flops) or in a black cocktail dress. She’s smarter than just about everyone I know; she’s random on Twitter only because she can (and does) talk about anything. She has the biggest heart ever; her desire to help any and everybody is amazing.

And her writing? Blows mine away. Yours too – you should hire her.

And with those phone calls, the phone bills. No cell company has unlimited calling to Canada (or to the US, in Meg’s case), and we’re both away from home too much to rely solely on Skype. In the last 6 months, we could have each bought new MacBooks.

Finally, just a couple weeks ago, after 10 months of talking Meg flew to Boston and we “met” each other for the first time. After about 5 minutes of awkward giddiness at the airport, we were normal, as if we’d known each other for ages.

For ten days, it was life-with-Meg. Going on random walks and talking lots of photos (Something I already do). Cuddling on the sofa to watch the debate. Beer, wings and football. A couple things were out-of-the-ordinary: dinner at Radius and the SM4SC event. I got a taste of life will be like with Meg when we eventually have a life together.

Why were we so comfortable, so quickly?

This, on a very personal scale, is the power of social media. The tools of social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogs) introduced us into each other’s worlds. It allowed us to learn and share things about one another.

Think social media is useless? I can honestly and confidently say social media made my life infinitely better. Thank you, Twitter.

Oh, and those phone bills? That’s okay, each phone call is an investment in something much bigger than anything that laptop can get me.

Which is interesting, since it’s this laptop – and the social media sites we frequent – that helped get me Meg.


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95 thoughts on “Twitter Helped Me Steal Canada’s Greatest Natural Resource

  • Kerri Anne

    As someone who met my love (who is now my husband) online, through one comment left on his website, and then myriad emails and phone calls and finally so many months later, a face to face meet, I totally understand how amazing it is, the idea of finding someone online you wouldn’t have been able to before. It really is amazing.

    So thrilled for you both.

  • Kerri Anne

    As someone who met my love (who is now my husband) online, through one comment left on his website, and then myriad emails and phone calls and finally so many months later, a face to face meet, I totally understand how amazing it is, the idea of finding someone online you wouldn’t have been able to before. It really is amazing.

    So thrilled for you both.

  • Charise Perkett Glasson

    Your story is so touching… I, as many have, read your tweets and could read between the lines and the fondness you both had for one another. You both are so fortunate to have found each other as unconventional or conventional one may look upon it as. In life we give and receive may gifts but to receive a gift of the heart is the purest and most treasured gifts of all. Take nothing for granted. Wishing you both the best.

    Cheers,
    Charise

  • Charise Perkett Glasson

    Your story is so touching… I, as many have, read your tweets and could read between the lines and the fondness you both had for one another. You both are so fortunate to have found each other as unconventional or conventional one may look upon it as. In life we give and receive may gifts but to receive a gift of the heart is the purest and most treasured gifts of all. Take nothing for granted. Wishing you both the best.

    Cheers,
    Charise

  • Liz Pullen

    It’s going to be a challenge to move this forward but I have no doubt you two will accomplish whatever you set your minds & hearts on.

    I have been active on a specific message board for 8 years now and I watched along with all of the regulars when two people posted there fell in love, met & eventually got married & had two kids and originally, she was in Ohio and he lived in Australia!

    Funny how the Internet is accused of isolating people and yet it introduces two people who would never have otherwise have met. Beautiful!

  • Liz

    It’s going to be a challenge to move this forward but I have no doubt you two will accomplish whatever you set your minds & hearts on.

    I have been active on a specific message board for 8 years now and I watched along with all of the regulars when two people posted there fell in love, met & eventually got married & had two kids and originally, she was in Ohio and he lived in Australia!

    Funny how the Internet is accused of isolating people and yet it introduces two people who would never have otherwise have met. Beautiful!

  • tNb

    Ended up here via Meg’s blog and, as I sit in front of my laptop over 8,000 km from home, I’m quietly smiling to myself. Your story resonates – if it weren’t for our blogs (me in Vancouver, he an ex-pat in Portugal) our paths would never have crossed. I used to be cynical about social media, but I’m forever grateful. I don’t know either of you, but I hope you’ll find a way to merge your lives. We’re still merging and we’re riddled with difficult choices, but a little faith in each other goes a long way … Congrats to you both. :-)

  • tNb

    Ended up here via Meg’s blog and, as I sit in front of my laptop over 8,000 km from home, I’m quietly smiling to myself. Your story resonates – if it weren’t for our blogs (me in Vancouver, he an ex-pat in Portugal) our paths would never have crossed. I used to be cynical about social media, but I’m forever grateful. I don’t know either of you, but I hope you’ll find a way to merge your lives. We’re still merging and we’re riddled with difficult choices, but a little faith in each other goes a long way … Congrats to you both. :-)

  • Chris (in Virginia)

    Congratulations – we’ve loved her for years and I’m so very, very happy to see you two making each other so happy.
    It’s a small world after all.
    Chris (in Virginia)

  • Chris (in Virginia)

    Congratulations – we’ve loved her for years and I’m so very, very happy to see you two making each other so happy.
    It’s a small world after all.
    Chris (in Virginia)

  • Dave

    Hey, you want to know one of the most OVERUSED WORDS in today’s society?

    Amazing.

    Yup. Every bloody thing is amazing. I love it wieh pinheaded teenage girls pronounce it that special way they have: “Aw-maaaay-zeen.”

    Not counting this post, the word “amazing” appears on this particular page no fewer than a half-dozen times.

    Amazing.

    As for you and Meg…Whatever. You’re precious. A little gushy, but definitely precious. Maybe you two can pass notes in homeroom or something.

    That would be amazing.

  • Dave

    Hey, you want to know one of the most OVERUSED WORDS in today’s society?

    Amazing.

    Yup. Every bloody thing is amazing. I love it wieh pinheaded teenage girls pronounce it that special way they have: “Aw-maaaay-zeen.”

    Not counting this post, the word “amazing” appears on this particular page no fewer than a half-dozen times.

    Amazing.

    As for you and Meg…Whatever. You’re precious. A little gushy, but definitely precious. Maybe you two can pass notes in homeroom or something.

    That would be amazing.

  • Zena Weist

    catching up on the post, given our chat last week. Now, I remember the tweets about your heart breaking when she was leaving on her visit. I just missed that it was Meg!

    So happy for both of you! It’s wonderful to know two incredible people – each whose eyes make a room warm up upon entering because their soul-filled joy glistens through – connect as you have! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Zena Weist

    catching up on the post, given our chat last week. Now, I remember the tweets about your heart breaking when she was leaving on her visit. I just missed that it was Meg!

    So happy for both of you! It’s wonderful to know two incredible people – each whose eyes make a room warm up upon entering because their soul-filled joy glistens through – connect as you have! Thanks so much for sharing!