AMA: Sarah Parmenter

5 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Martin Wright, 5 years ago

    I found a lot in your post resonated with me, the internet can feel like a lonely hostile place, and once you're in that frame of mind it can be hard to find reasons to participate – Now you're 'back', can you talk a bit about what's different now, and what your experience with social media has been like since?

    10 points
    • Sarah Parmenter, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      Thank you for your question, Martin!

      I still don't feel entirely "back" - I struggle with a lot of elements of social media, mainly Facebook to be honest. It's a cliché but the trick is to remember you truly are seeing the highlight reel someone has carefully curated. I try to only skim-read Facebook and have many so-called "friends" on mute.

      I'm much better at putting myself online again now, previously I had convinced myself I was uninteresting to the web industry because I had started a salon that was exceptionally female orientated. I've got over that now, but I still struggle with the balance between putting myself out there, and people thinking I'm conceited for doing so. I'm sure one day soon I'll make peace with that.

      I still prefer Twitter to Facebook - I like that Twitter still feels like our industry being exceptionally open and honest about a variety of experiences, on a daily basis. It's the geek water cooler of the world.

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