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Linda Hamilton

Director and Developer, www.thanknest.com

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Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?

I recently watched a TedTalk by Professor Sherry Turkle who discussed the ways in which technology is making us feel more and more disconnected. Professor Turkle suggested a way to combat this was through having more real life conversations. But how do we compel people to want to have real life conversations, over the desire to feel connected (or disconnected as it seems) using technology?

What if social networking allowed us to feel truly valued again?

I recently developed a website - http://www.thanknest.com - and since launching I have found that when people are appreciated with a sincere and specific thank you message, this compels them to want to reconnect in real life with the person who is thanking them. They say "let's get together", "let's catch up", and "let's get coffee". When you thank someone and tell them what you like about them, you make them feel good about themselves. People want to have more meaningful bonds with others, and want to spend more real-life time with people who make them feel good, & with people who truly value them.

Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?

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  • Sep 11 2012: Hi Linda
    Thank YOU for creating thanknest.com!
    I too have created a website to help real people build real communities. Civic networking, if you will.
    It's thedotchannel.com. Let me know what you think.
    Cheers
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      Sep 12 2012: Cool name! I just checked it out... it is a great concept. I have joined - what I would like to see is that I can connect to people internationally as well as to people in my city. Someone in another country would be able to create a video for my purposes if it is a broad concept (e.g., saying thanks!)...particularly at the beginning when you may have 100 members who are unable to connect with each other because they are all from different cities.

      I look forward to watching your site grow & I think charities/schools/colleges would love this idea too... once you have some videos added it will start to spread well.

      I wish you mcuh success

      Btw - let me know what you think of my site!
      • Sep 14 2012: Hi Linda
        And I wish you much success as well!
        Btw I sent an email to admin@thanknest.com. I hope you got it.
        Cheers

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