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Using social media to share a digital collection

Like most middle-aged men, I like to collect things. My collection just happens to be photos of historic Phoenix, and those photos are digital, that is, they're on my computer, not on paper. So I don't need to dedicate a spare bedroom to my collection, and there really is no limit to how much I can collect. And I'm always on the lookout for more! If you're a collector, you know what I mean.

And like most people who collect things, I like to show them off. No, I'm not selling anything, I just get satisfaction when other people appreciate what I've collected. Luckily for me, my digital collection is something that I can share on the web using social media.

Social media is just a general term for sites like Facebook. And I get a big kick out of showing off my collection there, and in addition to just the pure joy of seeing people go "wow!" I get the wonderful benefit of expert eyes. And I like that because I want to know exactly as possible where and when the photos were taken. I want to know what the cars are, what the buildings are, everything.

I spend a lot of time on my computer "in cyberspace" as I call it. I've been collecting for a long time, and every once in a while I wonder if I have enough, and then I say "nah", and go look for more.

Social media gives me a way to share. If you were to visit me some evening and I started showing you ten thousand photos of old Phoenix, I may lose a friend, but when I do it on Facebook I make friends. I like old photos of Phoenix, I like sharing, and I like friends. It's wonderful for me.

By the way, I post my collection on Facebook here