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Soleil Moon Frye
Entertainer and Entrepreneur
My love affair with Twitter started some months back. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon and my incredible friend @mrskutcher (Demi Moore) came over for a visit with the kids. She was being brilliant and beautiful as always while she told me about an incredible world that she and her husband had discovered called “Twitter.” I had heard a little about it here and there but didn’t know much about its core essence. Together we sat in front of the computer and she taught me how to post my first micro blog. Within moments, I discovered the beauty of this incredible virtual world. One in which I began connecting with people in an amazing way.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have kept a journal. I have a love for writing, words and language. I also have a deep fascination with people and the human spirit. From the time I was 5, I asked people the most personal questions I could think of. I was truly moved by the inner connection between mind and heart. This led me on a journey to study psychology in New York but I never finished college. Instead I began directing and writing, I fell in love, got married, had babies, and began the next chapters of my life. My love, passion and curiosity for people never changed. As a new mom I had so many questions and did not know where to turn. I started writing blogs about issues I cared about and connecting through the social community. When I started tweeting one of the greatest parts about it was being able to ask questions that inspired me. Within minutes I had all of these people sharing their stories, advice, and ideas. I genuinely wanted to engage and people were truly open to it. I found a common bond that connected us through the brilliant world of cyber space. A thread of nostalgia that somehow reached us all. In 140 characters I could express my endless love for Jake from Sixteen Candles or talk about how Alzheimer’s has effected my life. I could share a photo of my family or a song that moves me. I could connect to people through this amazing realm and be an active part of this Wild West in technology.
I am reminded now more than ever of a time ten years ago when I had an idea for a web company. The concept was live videos for the web. Programmed shows... One was a celebrity coffee chat, another was a behind-the-scenes look into entertainment... I will never forget the excitement of flying out to Manhattan to sit down and pitch our vision to a massive investment company. We gave our big pitch and they stared at us with totally blank faces. They said in stern voices, “Why would anyone ever want to watch a video on their computer when they have a TV? We just don’t see that happening.” Our web company did not get much further. The idea of viral videos and live streaming content was something that people couldn’t quite wrap there heads around. Something came along soon after called YouTube and we all know how that story goes.
They say that a lot of things in life are about being in the right place at the right time. Right now between packing lunches, picking up the kids and running a business, @moonfrye is enjoying a little time on Twitter. I love it, and who knows maybe a mom network is just what us moms need now. Hmm. Moms. Could be a big idea.
Editor’s Note: Soleil Moon Frye is known to millions of television viewers as Punky Brewster. An actress, writer and director, she is the co-owner of The Little Seed, an eco-friendly children’s clothing boutique in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter.
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