This is a great story, and a great example of what I keep telling people about social media. Yes, it can be a source of stupidity, if you’re not following people you actually care about, or are providing interesting ideas. But it can also be a great way to keep in contact with people you do care about, or even find people from the past who you care about and have lost touch with.
As a person who lives far away from some of my favorite people on the planet, I love being able to see what they’re up to, how their kids are growing, and so on. I also love being able to learn from some great minds, and read what they are sharing.
Social media has great personal, and professional, value to me. Value that far outweighs some of the downsides.