When a tragedy strikes, we often take an inventory of our life. After the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, I am willing to bet you’ve paused and wondered “what if”.
My heart goes out to each and every family member affected by this tragedy, including the family of the shooter. I ache for the survivors, knowing their minds will never forget the images or sounds from that night.
We do not know when our time will end. We can only hope our life will end peacefully.
As I watch the news and read the papers, I notice backstories of the victims are being told through their Twitter and Facebook accounts. For victims like, Jessica Ghawi, attention turns to their blogs.
So it is in the age of social media; when we are faced with a loss, especially when the tragedy is played out through the news media, we try to capture a snapshot of the person through his/her own words.
What do your accounts say about you? If you left this earth tomorrow, what would be your social networking legacy?
Do you want to be remembered by the posts you published? Do you want to be remembered by the 140 characters you sent through the Twitterverse? Do you want to be remembered by the recent picture you posted on your Facebook page?
As I said earlier, we do not know when our time will end. If my life were taken away from me tomorrow, what would my loved ones find? If they turn to my Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress account, what would be my social networking legacy?
While keeping the victims in your heart and on your mind, while hugging your loved ones a little more tightly, while noticing the sunsets with greater appreciation, take a few minutes to think about what you’ve put out there for others to see. You may not have the chance to explain what you meant.