Amanda O’Brien, vice president of marketing, Hall Internet Marketing
Amanda is also the organizer of Social Media Breakfast Maine (SMBME) and vice president, board of directors, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM).
She’s also a dog owner and a proud new mom.
Sketchy chat rooms, pregnancy privacy and Sesame Street.
I met Amanda several years ago and she is, without a doubt, one of my favorite people in Maine. I initially met her the way I’ve met many of my close friends, on Twitter. I have tremendous respect for Amanda both personally and professionally. Her husband Adam is pretty awesome too, disregarding his penchant for velcro and reversible clothing. And, I’m not even going to get into the adorable-factor of their son.
As with most of my interviews, what you’ll read here is a greatly condensed version of our conversation.
What was your first experience with social media?
"My first use of social media was before it was called social media. I grew up on Peak’s Island, a small island community, especially during the winter. That’s where I first discovered chat rooms. So, you would log in and your modem would screech at you, and it was all text-based. It was the first time I felt like I could connect with other people by interest. I’d find a chat room that was about music, or sports, or whatever. You got to know people without knowing anything about them. And, these were not AOL chat rooms, they were just like sketchy chat rooms. You didn’t know what people looked like or who they hung out with, but you could talk about the things that were of interest to you. Then I tried once to go meet some of these people. I took a girlfriend with me and it was horrible! They were scary. Some people are better kept online." (MORE)