Mark C. asked last week about how to meet and keep in touch with new RVing friends. I wrote about how to meet and make new RV friends but Mark was also specific about how to keep in touch with all his new RV friends with all the social media possibilities available today.
Fortunately, there are both easy and not-so-easy answers, and it all depends on you and the other RVer you want to stay in touch with. There are those, like my brother-in-law, that just refuse to use Facebook, mainly because it happens to be the most popular social media site for keeping in touch and he’s just cantankerous (like, might I add, many other RVers). That group will find their own way of communicating.
Social media has been evolving, mostly because of what the millennial generation, the driving force behind mobile instant communication, is doing. But most of us RVers are not of the millennial generation.
Facebook, once the overwhelming favorite of the younger set, has now been co-opted by baby boomers and seniors, likely making it the favorite among older RVers – though there is a trend now away from RVers being mostly senior retirees to a younger, more mobile and independent, generation.
There is also the likelihood that you will want to stay in touch with my brother-in-law and other cantankerous sorts or some gap year youthful wanderers as well, so you can’t ignore Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or even Snapchat (now called simply Snap).
So what to do. Just ask your new friend his/her favored communication portal. Simple as that. Just because yo might be an old dog, doesn’t mean you can’t learn new tricks – or new (and various) methods of staying in touch.
Finally, it comes down to how much time you want to spend on your computer, and finding campgrounds with Wifi vs. boondocking where you can’t get the Internet. And finding you’re spending much more time than you intended working your way through Facebook when you could be taking a hike, or paddling your canoe, or reading a good book.
There are also other informative websites and forums that are vying for your the attention of RVers, such as RV Travel (where I edit the Gizmos & Gadgets blog), GoodSam Blog (I am a featured blogger), HitchItch, and GetBeen and numerous others.
If you do decide to use Facebook (very efficient at staying in touch) I invite you to friend – and post to – my new Facebook RVing page where other RVers also post in an expanding circle of RVers.