Laurie Bauman has not been tagged in any Instagram trends yet.
The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged the world to move business online. This includes socialization.
Many Instagram trends have been going around with people sending pushups, women boosting each other up, friends asking what you’ve been up to and encouraging you to share stories, light Neknominations (take a shot, share a shot), and the “Until Tomorrow” trend where people just share bad pictures of themselves and pretend that’s not what their Insta page consists of already.
Bauman has not been tagged in any of them.
“I have friends. I think,” Bauman says tentatively. “I guess I’m just not anyone’s first thought when tagging people.”
Bauman says that this isn’t the first time she’s been left out of a social media trend.
“I had to do the Icebucket Challenge myself and then tag other people,” she says. “I mean, I’m sure eventually I would have done it with a group or something, but I just really wanted to participate.”
According to Bauman’s friend, Teresa Lee, she’s “okay”.
“Oh man. Is Laurie upset? I mean, she’s a nice gal. Kind and stuff. She’s just not one of my “good” friends, you know? She’s just not the first person I think of to tag,” she said.
“Wait! You’re not going to publish this, are you? oh gosh. If you do, just don’t say it was me who told you that,” said Teresa Lee, one of Laurie Bauman’s closest friends.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues and we move our social lives on to social media, don’t forget to tag your odd friends and your “good friends, but not best friends” once in a while. You know, those people who hang around the outside of your social group, but are always there. They’re missing floating at the edge.
Even if they don’t respond to the trend, Bauman says “We’ll still appreciate being just sort of acknowledged. It’s what we’re used to.”