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Saturday, September 13, 2008

“Demented and sad, but social”

By Terry Bean
Social Networking Editor

If you have ever seen the John Hughes high school classic, "The Breakfast Club", you remember that line. A quick refresher, Johnny Bender (played by Judd Nelson) was a hood, dirtball, greaser, skizzy or whatever you called his type in high school. His line referred to Brian's (Anthony Michael Hall) afterschool "activity clubs" which focused on: French, trigonometry and chess. Brian said they were social clubs, but Claire (Molly Ringwald) said there weren’t social at all. Fortunately Johnny stood up for Brian and said "But to geeks like him, they are. Demented and sad, but social".

So why the big walk down memory lane? This piece is supposed to focus on networking, not critiquing movies, right? Well, I do have a nifty little tie in.

Over the past 3 weeks I have reconnected with a number of people from high school. Next year is one of those dreaded reunion years and a classmate turned marketing type has set up a facebook site for it. As I told people I was inviting to join, reconnecting with these people is way more fun than it seems.

A couple of points about this:

1. The person who setup the group (almost always happens this way) is getting a ton of recognition and therefore exposure for he and his business.

2. Those that are commenting on the main board and interacting with other group members are having great conversations.

Because of the "social networking" we are doing now, I can assure you that next year’s 20th (couldn’t keep you guessing for too long) will be a lot more fun and comfortable for me and those who interacted on the group-site.

In somewhat related news I have been experiencing the exact same phenomena with guys from my college Fraternity. One brother in particular has made himself a great living as an investor. Based on the communication we shared yesterday, I have three projects that are right up his alley. Stay tuned...

My question for you is when will you reconnect with your past so you can work together to build the future?

Be Networked-

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