I believe that the spread of information through social media like Reddit in this week’s article is good. Social networking promotes innovation, develops ideas and publicizes causes that wouldn’t become known without their help. The spread of popular social sites has helped people and causes bring in cash. These sites have made it easier than ever to raise money for any cause and quickly spread the word.
Every day, a website called Kickstarter.com raises thousands of dollars from people who get excited about someone else’s idea. People post project ideas (things they want to do), and other users can donate money to help the person accomplish the goal.
Epic Thanks is a website that asks users to express their gratitude online through a post or picture and then use their social media presence, like Twitter or Facebook, to publicize their gratitude. Some people even agreed to do a gratitude dance online if their followers raised a certain amount of money. This draws a bigger and bigger circle of people to the charity’s website, where more and more people are pulled into the cause. In 2011, Epic Thanks used the gifts to build a school in Tanzania.
Another site called Snoball allows users to set triggers for their charitable gifts, like donating $1 every time Tony Romo throws an interception. Snoball uses a powerful data engine to track the triggers and collect the donation. The real magic though is when a person links their social networks to the site and friends get in on the action, a snowball effect.
Great ideas and urgent needs ought to be shared. Social networking makes this easy, fast, and personal. People are drawn together, and they feel good about making a difference and being a part of something bigger than themselves. Now, it’s a lot easier for anybody to change the world.
Maybe now I can get my parents to agree to a Facebook account.
You’re a Wizard Harry,