The Internet and Class Reunions





The Internet and Class Reunions


The Internet has permanently changed high school and college reunions. In a way, it’s perhaps made reunions a little less exciting. In the old days, when you attended a reunion you’d often be surprised by the way your classmates look, and you’d be able to find out what they’ve been up to. With social media, however, chances are you already know most of this information, and have already seen plenty of up-to-date photos of much of your graduating class. Nevertheless, the Internet now provides new and more convenient ways of planning for reunions – and even new ways of attending them!

With Facebook, Twitter and other sites, contacting your classmates is simple. For instance, you could create a Facebook page dedicated to an upcoming reunion, with information on how to buy tickets and how much they cost, as well as the location, date and time of the event. (You’ll want to set up such a page at least several months in advance.) You can then invite all your classmates who are friends with you on Facebook to join that page, and ask them to invite other classmates that they’re in contact with to join as well. You can also decorate such a page with photos from high school, and after the event’s over, with photos from the reunion.

Online reunion companies, such as ReunionsWorld.com and Reunion Manager, also make organizing a reunion easy and straightforward. Most of these services offer registration forms, where people can enter information about themselves, as well as clickable payment buttons. When people click on such a button to purchase a ticket, their money goes directly to your PayPal account, or to a special PayPal account that you’ve established for the reunion. 

Now, if you find you can’t attend an upcoming reunion, or if you’re just not that interested in going, you might be able to participate online. More and more nowadays, high schools and colleges in some way provide coverage of their reunions on the Internet – on Facebook in particular, as so many adults have a profile on that site. That is, as a reunion is taking place in real time, the attendees continually post photos, perhaps videos, of the proceedings, and communicate via text, voice or video messaging to those who aren’t there in person. In other words, you can chat with old friends, significant others, teachers, and even nemeses without even needing to wear a nametag!




Online learning market place


Nov 30, 1999




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