Being the fly…

We’ve all said at some point in our lives, if only I were a fly on the wall. Normally, it’s referenced when we are interested in learning about things that you may not be exposed to if you were in the same room. Today, I was that fly.

Some of you may have heard of MySpace. For those of you who haven’t, it’s an online social networking site that has become a phenomena amongst anyone under 30, band/music types, geeky types that have to be on everything, and tramps (the category I fit into).

For those of you who have, you’ll understand – and probably seen – how those of us in this world are becoming even more closely connected. Which brings me to being a fly. Today, I joined Chris in meeting up with a guy he knew way back when (we’re talking elementary school) who now lives in the Dallas area. Chris “found” him on MySpace. A feature of MySpace is the ability to enter your high school, college or university education history and then click on that school name and find people who you may have gone to class with. Interestingly, this seems to work better than; due in part to there being over 80 million accounts on MySpace (double that of ClassMates).

The evening was focused on catching up on the past (and Jeff – the MySpace connection – has a few good stories to tell about his), learning about the present, and developing (hopefully) an ongoing connection. I’m always amazed at how small the world has become, and feel great when it works out as well as it can.

So being this fly, I learned more about a guy called Jeff, I learnt a great deal about growing up in the small East Texas town that Chris and Jeff shared a history with, and I learnt what it was like being a fly on the wall.