In 1995, I was pregnant with my daughter when I learned that I had a somewhat rare pregnancy complication. A family member, who had just started browsing AOL a few months earlier, suggested that I try searching online for information related to the condition, since I couldn’t find any information anywhere else.
Somewhat tentatively, I logged on that first time, listening to the whine and static dial-in connection (a noise that would become very familiar to me over the next few years, before the miracle of broadband came to be). Within only a few minutes online, I’d found all the information I needed. More importantly, I stumbled onto a group of other pregnant mothers, all dealing with the same complication. Instant community! These women became an important support system for me over the next months, until I delivered my (very healthy) baby girl.
This was my very first encounter with the astonishing power of online community, and I was hooked. Over the past 13 years, this thing that has become known as “social media” has played a huge role in my career development, as well as my personal life; I even met my husband – a local blogger himself – via a local message board!
Today, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have a new position that will bring together all of my professional and personal experience in new media and interactive technology. I have been hired for the newly created position as Director of Social Media with Ackermann Public Relations.
Ackermann PR is a fantastic firm that I’ve long admired for their smart, innovative marketing and branding work. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be joining this incredibly talented team of really nice folks. They truly “get” social media, and what it can do. I feel honored that they have chosen me to help lead the company into this area.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be finishing up my position with Scripps (which has been an amazingly positive work experience for me. I hold this great American media company in the highest regard, and I’ll be sad to say goodbye on my final day), and I should be at my desk at Ackermann by mid-April.