You many not know it yet, but this blog is about you. Yes, you.
Social media is my office, my playground, my therapy, my inspiration, my classroom. It's personal impact on me cannot be measured by a grid or graph. I am a huge fan of Twitter, Facebook or anywhere you can make positive connections with individuals you otherwise would have never come across let alone strike up a meaningful dialogue. But that's only part of why I love social media. It has heft and it can move mountains....through people who care, share, and do. People like me and these incredible people:
Seconds after the earthquake ravaged Haiti social media networking on Twitter and Facebook sprung alive with photos, videos and statuses.
Tweets and updates came from under the rubble.
Carel Pedre, a Haitian television & radio star, started tweeting as a way to notify worried families with updates like “Stephanie Roux and Khara are fine and safe.
Calls for action and online messages shot out across the globe instantly. And over $5 million
This from Mashable's (@mashable) blog: "The Red Cross’s involvement in the relief effort is to be commended. Not only did it immediately set up the simplest donation method
was raised in relief for the victims through tweets, retweets and text messages.
possible, but its social media presence and outreach, when combined with the State Department’s involvement, has turned this into a viral funding initiative, topping Twitter () trends and inspiring action. The Red Cross is also contributing an initial $1 million from the International Response Fund."
Mashable's blog above was retweeted 4,802 times, shared on Facebook 3,065 times, and recieved 39 Diggs.
Danny Brown (@dannybrown) says: "Social media means no more international barriers - the global community has finally arrived." Danny, resident nice guy and social media founder of 12 for 12K explains, " [it] started as an idea of hope. Now, just over a year later, more than
$100,000 has been raised so far; the 12for12k community continues to grow
and members are running with own ideas under 12for12k banner. These
organic change agents are 12for12k's success."
Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) hosted a Tweet-A-Thon for Strength.org to aid 12 for 12K's@12for12K) child hunger charity whose goal was to raise $12K. Scott tweeted and raised $14k in 12 hours. According to Scott with social media, "You can affect people around the world, without having to travel the world."
David Armano (@armano) reached out to his social media alliances to help a young mother of three, a victim of domestic violence with nowhere to live in Chicago. David's goal was to raise $5,000 for her "apartment fund" to help her get on her feet. With his social media network, he raised $16,880.60 for Daniella & her children.
A college student, abandoned as a day-old baby, uses Facebook to find the two teenagers who rescued her 20 years ago.
Amy Kiel (@Abeeliever) attempted to take her own life in the past meets a friend on Twitter who lost a loved one to suicide. Since then, the two of them combined forces supporting Out of the Darkness Overnight are unified to
make a difference in suicide prevention.
Personally, I followed Photographer Justin Lyon's Twitter stream from Haiti rivoted and deaply moved with tweets like:
@justinlyon This poor mother lost her son and just learned that her only remaining child has to have both feet amputated.
I'm thrilled to be working on a very cool project with Amanda (@sexythinker) the caring visionaries here at Talent Revolution. This network oozes heart. We are asking to hear YOUR social media story. Don't worry. It doesn't need a giant contribution attached to it. It doesn't need to be global in scale.
How has social media changed your life, or the lives of others, in a positive personal or professional way?
We want to hear YOUR story or hear about a social media impact story that inspired you on the power and heart of social media. If you leave a comment below you will be included in a drawing for $50 from TR. Or if you'd prefer, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. We are listening!
All images from Haiti come from The Huffington Post.