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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/phoenixhistoryadventuring
Posted by Brad Hall