Social networking

I spent most of today at a Practical Action supporters’ day with my mother.  In one of the workshops, Practical Action staff described how they were trying to reach out to a new generation of supporters via social networking sites like facebook, twitter and linked in.

One of the older participants tutted.  How dreadful, he muttered, that people email and text and communicate electronically when they could be having real conversations with real people.

Well, Juneathoners, he doesn’t know what he’s missing!  This morning, I was lucky enough to run Brockwell parkrun with Disjointed Tales.  But for social networking, our paths would never have crossed.  I have also run Finsbury parkrun with Fortnight Flo and Shazruns, Cambridge parkrun with Sooozie and Tony parkrunner and at Greenwich parkrun I bumped into Helsbels.

As well as these, Pyro’s Yard, Maggiee, Fairweather Runner, Plustenner, Fattipuff, Bad Wabbit Tales and Insert Clever Running Pun Here have all mentioned meeting at their local parkruns, should I be crossing them off my list at any point.

Through Juneathon, I have found a community choc-full of great people, in doses that a confirmed introvert like me can cope with.

Long live social networking,

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19 Responses to Social networking

  1. shazruns says:

    Here here, very well said. I am very gratefull for technology inspiring me to run more and to having made some great friends.

  2. plustenner says:

    absolutely!! 🙂

  3. Totally agree with you Louise, the Juneathon community goes from strength to strength evert day.

  4. maggiee says:

    Completely… it’s what I LOVE about it!

  5. shazruns says:

    Hey you never mentioned the sub 29 min absolutely fantastic, well done

  6. Well said! And well run. Well done.

  7. Bad Wabbit says:

    Great to hear that you two had a good time today. I think you had the best weather of Day 11 [looks outside at torrential rain]. And I do feel inspired to print out that barcode that I’ve had for months now and find myself a Park Run. Do let us know when you are planning to do Norman Park so we can welcome you there (if indeed we have got round to it by then!!!)

  8. Giselle says:

    Well said! And if you plan to repeat the Wimbledon parkrun let me know.

  9. See if you can sign him up for a June or Janathon – we need more old gits like me.

  10. Sub 29, wow well done… and I am 100% behind you re social networking, my recent incapacity has really made me realise how it can still help one feel included

  11. Hels says:

    Here here! Totally agree with you. I’ve met some wonderful people through social networking (your good self included) and I would go as far to say that the support from everyone was a vital part of completing a marathon!

  12. I’m contemplating visiting my nearest Parkrun (Whitstable) on a Saturday morning soon. I think the thing that’s putting me off is….I’d like the marshalls to be home in time for lunch, and if I’m running…they may not be :-(. Well done on the sub 29xx

  13. fortnightflo says:

    Fab time yesterday well done!

  14. henniemavis says:

    What a great post! So, so true about social networking making nice links to real life. I’m with Archie, sign that skeptic up for some Juneathon, some Twitter, some Facebook or what have you! It’ll be good for him 🙂

    Your tales of Park Runs sound like fun. Wish I was there to meet up with the lot of you!

  15. lazybetty says:

    yes yes yes. let’s toast this wonderful 21st century we live in

  16. I’d like to do a parkrun for Juneathon so am aiming on 25th for wormwood srcubs, (assuming I can get my ducks in a row (family sorted) by then), so have a think if that suits and if you fancy a trip to the wild west!
    Then over the school hoidays its IOW so i’ve no excuss not to parkrun!

  17. Absolutely up for a bit of a post Brockwell Parkrun chat and a coffee.
    It seems it was me doing a bit of a final sprint.. lol – had to laugh when I got a tweet from Disjointed tales.
    The world will come back to haunt your deeds.

    Connect on FB and we’ll look to meet up.

  18. Pyro says:

    Yep, offer still stands of cake and coffee post-run if you come up to Leeds! Well done of the sub-29 too!

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