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Rob Gould

Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002). Follow Rob on Twitter at @bobbbyg His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).

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Posted: July 28, 2014

My perfect summer 24 hours in Maine | Thank you social media

Written by: Rob Gould

photo 2Sometimes I get tired of using social media. Really tired. Literally and figuratively. Yes, it’s true.

Due to my profession (which I love), I use social media on a daily basis. Not to mention writing this blog. Which, of course, I also love. However, it’s a lot of social media. All day. Every day.

I recently read a great article by Nick Bilton of The New York Times titled, “Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media.” It really hit home and I decided to take some of his advice. For anyone who is a heavy user of social media, I highly recommend reading it.

So, anyway, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my social media use. Specifically when I’m not using it for work purposes. Long story short, I’ve been trying to give it a rest. It really can be exhausting. With all of that said, it’s important to note that my social media use, both personally and professionally has been by choice. No one forces me to use it. I choose to do so. I’m just taking a look at my choices. A very hard look.

I know this is all very heavy for a Monday morning. My apologies. Here’s the good part.

So, I spent the last week really thinking about my social media use and, honestly, having quite a few moments where I wanted to cut the cord personally. Then I had this day. This perfect summer 24 hours in Maine. I hope you’ve had one. It was pretty terrific.

Anyway, as I was lying in bed on Saturday night thinking about how amazing the last 24 hours had been, I realized that almost all of it began with social media. Check it out.

My perfect summer 24 hours in Maine:

Friday afternoon I was at work at angela adams. This is a client that I absolutely love working with. Every day I’m excited to walk into that building. I love all of my colleagues and the creative energy that lives with this renowned Maine brand is just incredible. So, needless to say, my Friday afternoon started on a high.

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Now, I found this client (or more accurately, they found me) due to social media. And, a huge thank you to the enormously talented Elli Carter who pointed me in their direction. It’s also important to note that I’ve maintained my friendship with Elli, and her husband Matt (also an incredibly smart guy) via social media. So, there you go. Check one for the big SM.

As I headed home. The weather was also perfect. Clear blue skies and ideal temperatures. Thank you summer in Maine. I love you.

Next, I was headed to the opera. PORTopera’s Rigoletto to be exact. On Thursday, I received an invitation to attend from a new friend (a really great guy) who I recently met via social media. It’s also worth noting that I first heard about Rigletto via a Twitter post with a link to Bob Keyes review. It was an incredible experience. I had never been to the opera in Maine. I was hugely impressed. So, there you go again. Check two for the big SM. And, a big thank you to Twitter. You know I love you.

After the opera, we headed to Central Provisions. I had been once before with my friend @iancgrady (a really important friend in my life who I also met via social media) and our meal was fantastic. My new social media friend who invited me to the opera (who I will now refer to as Opera Man to protect his privacy — he’s a new friend and all, you understand) suggested that we go as he had not had dinner there before. I recently started following Central Provisions on Instagram, and their photos make me starving, so I immediately agreed.

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While we were waiting to be seated we ran into four people who I love, all of whom I originally met via social media. I’m looking at you @seanwilk (Sean Wilkinson), @meghancarey207@ariellebw (Arielle Walrath), and @greyletter. I originally met all of these people via social media and I couldn’t be happier to call them friends. Sean and Arielle are also partners in one the best design firms (Might & Main) I’ve ever encountered. And, they do great work with social media. Check PLUS for the big SM. I really like these people.

Then we had dinner. Wow. Once again it was amazing. And, Opera Man agreed. I just can’t say enough about this place. Plus, the owners’ surname is Gould. I love Goulds. The big SM strikes again.

After dinner I walked through the Old Port on the way home feeling perfectly content with life. And, for someone who spend loads of time in his head, this was a rare occasion. It was a great evening. Then I slept. Really well. I love when that happens.

Saturday afternoon Opera Man picked me up and we headed to a birthday party in Falmouth for a great friend who I met via social media. It was Brett Johnson’s 50th and the incredibly talented Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions, once again put together a truly memorable event. I love Leslie (who I also met via social media) and Brett and was so happy to be invited to help Brett celebrate his big day.

It was a perfect summer day and the location was gorgeous. Just incredible really. More important, I got to see lots of good friends. All of them people I first met via social media. I’m not kidding. Every single one. I couldn’t have had a better day. It was almost dreamy. The big SM really brought it home with this one.

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I went home after this perfect Maine summer afternoon filled with great friends, great food and incredibly gracious hosts and was suddenly struck by everything that social media brought to me. No doubt, it’s the “real life” friendships and experiences that truly matter. But, the fact remains that social media started it all. Nearly every bit of it.

Then I ate Ben & Jerry’s in bed with Rufus (my cat). And, I was happy. It had been the best 24 hours in a long time. Thank you social media. Thank you friends. Thank you Maine.

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