Most of us are lucky enough to not have to experience any form of natural disasters yet we the news is filled with tragic stories when mother nature struck at its full force. On April 27th 2011, dozens of tornadoes have swept across the Southern United States causing millions of dollars worth of damages. Whilst this was all going on, a women called Patty has created a Facebook Page “Pictures and Documents Found After the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes” and it is created in a bid to reunite the survivors with their sentimental and precious belongings back to its rightful owners.
With many people using their influence and online presence to help charities, social media guru Billy Dec is one of those people. A couple of years ago, Billy Dec has launched the website aChicagoThing.com, an blog which looks at the arts, entertainment and cultural aspect of Chicago. On its anniversary, he had thrown a social media party and raise money for charity. With the help of his “friends” and “followers”, he is hoping to take advantage of his mass followings to raise money for The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Back in March 2011 was World Poopin’ Day, a day where you can poop on your friends to raise awareness. It’s a clever way of mixing social media with health and sanitations which many people suffer from. In the Internet lingo, poopin’ can refer to abusing your friends Twitter or Facebook when they have left their phone or online account logged in and unattended. The other aspect of poopin’ obviously regards to the waste which around 2.6 billion people have to deal with.
The well-known Charity: Water is a “non-profit organisation which provides clean and safe drinking water in developing nations” who have made use of social media to promote their cause and raise awareness. Water is one of the biggest thing in the world which we all take for granted. It is the single most important necessity in life yet there are millions of people across the globe who does not have access to this.
Back in February 2011, Amanda Rose was organising the the upcoming major social media charity Twestival on 24th March 2011. Twestival is described as an international Twitter festival and it is a campaign which uses social media for good cause by bringing communities together to support the causes. There are two main campaigns; Twestival Global where the communities just the one cause, or Twestival Local in which local communities work together to help support the local causes.
You may wonder what this is all about? I mean why would you give away your massively followed Twitter account to charity? A couple of years ago, a German web designer Christian Rubarth had decided to do just that. Entitled @999999followers, Christian had set himself a challenge of raising this amount of followers from scratch and the tweeters can then decide which charity should he should donate the account to.
According to report by nfpSynergy, the research specialist for non-profit organisations, British Legion charity has been voted the best UK charity with the largest social media presence. This applies to the charity organisation’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. British Legion is the leading charity which provides social, emotional and financial supports to those who have or is currently the British armed forces.
You can’t deny it, but we have all been to McDonald’s for a cheeky Big Mac. And there is a very good chance that you have seen the little donation box that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) on the counters. Sure, putting a few pennies or cents may not sound much, but it all adds up…a lot. With the help of a little push from social media, these little changes has added up to an astonishing £15.24m () last year to fund the global network of houses, family rooms and care centres.
We have all complained or argued that we don’t have the time nor money to help charities. But if we can say that you can help a charity with just a few minutes using social media. Since social media is one of the best tools around to spread the words and encourage interactions, it makes sense if you use this tool to help promote a good cause. SayEducate.com has given a few pointers on how you can do that: