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Grapevine : February 2011
about following the Traditions when utilizing social media sites. We have been circulating a survey about social me- dia usage with questions such as, "Do you think it is okay to state that you are celebrating an AA birthday without actually referring to AA itself on your profile? (e.g., 'Shari has 4 years today!)." I was delighted to see the October 2010 Anonymity cover. Honestly, I think that the graphic conveys more than hundreds of surveys, pamphlets or articles ever could about the possible threats to our anonymity on popu- lar social networking sites. I also thoroughly enjoyed the articles, and will definitely be sharing them with my group and sponsees. Shari M. Savannah, Ga. Her relapse scared me Ihad a miracle today a er three years of sobriety. A dear friend in AA---my hero---had eight years of sobriety and was working a great program. Today, she has eight days of sobriety and it scared the hell out of me. I woke in a panic; I could not calm down. I went to a meeting and it was the best I've ever attended. My home group does not have a Sunday meeting, but I found one the next town over. I was a little nervous because I was about to pour my heart out to a bunch of strang- ers. But when I walked in and saw my grandspon- sor sitting there, I felt much better. It was like seeing an angel. I brought up the topic. I told them what hap- pened to my friend and what I've heard---that anonymous even a er our passing. A er Bill W. passed away, newspa- pers ran articles with his picture and full name. Bill had no anonymity to break a er he was dead. ose articles enhanced rather than hurt our Fellowship. ey showed that it was possible to get and stay sober on a permanent basis. Bill could no longer hurt the Fellowship by get- ting publicly drunk. e author also thinks that our loved ones should protect our anonymity a er we are gone. I don't think that we should expect others to honor our Traditions or principles. We don't have the right to tell them how to live their lives. Art H. Mount Prospect, Ill. For information on anonymity, visit AA.org A graphic is worth 1,000 surveys Here in Area 16 we have been attempt- ing to raise awareness Anonymity A networked world creates new challenges AA'S MEETING IN PRINT OCTOBER 2010 : $2.50 PLUS Down the drain the perfect weekend I was delighted to see the October cover. Grapevine 5