Amanda @TrappedAtMyDesk was like many young women with her Twitter account. She had good days and bad days. She asked inane questions and made funny jokes. She had 700+ followers. And then, last year, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. By April, "Amanda," who may or may not be a real person, was dead.
In the last week, a social media expert named Shannon McKarney created a video of her tweets set to the song "Let Her Go" by Passenger. Warning: It's a tearjerker.
Her tweets are beautiful and deep, especially at the end. One can't help but be moved by what appears to be a young, vibrant person taken too soon. Is it true? Maybe not. But in the end, it doesn't matter. The sentiment is. The "truth" of it is there, even if she is fictional. See below:
Most of us, if we are reading this right now, have an online footprint. Whether we are on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Google+, we are leaving bits of ourselves everywhere we go. In recent months, it has become a "thing" to have Facebook pages serve as makeshift memorials when people die. The question of whether to delete their profile is one many people are forced to ask themselves after a tragedy.
If Amanda is real, her tweets tell a story, and they tell us who she is. They serve as a memorial and a chance to get to know her even though she is gone. Before, authors had books or letters to do such things, but now everyone has this chance. Blogs, social media, and emails are OUR chance to leave a legacy and tell people who we are.
For those who think tweeting is a waste of time, this is a bit of a wake-up call. What we do on social media matters. What we say impacts people. And when we are gone, especially if we are gone too soon, people will still see what we left.
It's sobering and powerful. If Amanda is real, my heart goes out to her family. That video is incredibly poignant.
What would your tweets say about your life?
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