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I have just logged off a very weird teleconference. It was a gathering for prayers for a friend who died at last week Friday. We all graduated from college in 96. His name is Abiodun Adeniji. His Facebook profile is here

Since graduation, I have not seen him. But some time last year I saw him on Facebook and connected. We have 117 friends in common. Basically folks that went to the same University.

The man is living in London with his family. I got the news of his death by SMS from a friend based in London. By Saturday night.. it was the big news on my Facebook network. Dimeji Babalola, who is also a 96 grad started "Friends and Family of Abiodun Adeniji" group on Facebook.

Then the idea came to have the friends and family do a session. Well it could only be done online. So a teleconference is set and a Pastor is invited. The program too.

Its kind of weird but I left the ceremony with the exact same feelings I get when I go to real-life funerals. Reconnect, review, and cool. Reconnect with friends and acquaintances I have not seen for a long time, review my life and think 'Eh, it could have been me. I better get ready" and cool down. Know that one of these days..

There wont be anyone to
  • answer my mails
  • update my status
  • log in and clear my work
  • type in my passwords..
Well.. as the adage says, "Once a man is born, he is already old enough to die"

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Comment by Nnenna Nwakanma on December 2, 2010 at 12:56pm
Yea Mary. Social media has come to stay. That implies that we have to make maximum use of the percentage of communication done online. My take is to infuse humanity into social media and maximize their potentials to enrich human relations! Cheers!
Comment by Mary Murphy on December 2, 2010 at 12:27pm
HI Nnenna - I spent a good half-hour yesterday complaining about how smart phones, iPADs, iPODs, and all these other electronic 'necessities' are depersonalising our lives, detaching us from each other. I still hold that we're in danger of creating a generation that would prefer to connect virtually than in real time, face to face; and that we're also in danger of losing our ability to read between the lines. Only 7% of our communication is with words - the rest is tone, body language, etc - ergo, in our online world, we're only using 7% of our ability to communicate. I worry about that. Your post though, highlights the plus side of social media - what a wonderful way to bring old friends together to pay tribute to one who has gone. Thank you for sharing.

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