Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tweet from @Athletes4Him

Share Light #33 is a Tweet from @Athletes4Him

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Twitter Emergency Alerts

Share Light #32 is Twitter Emergency Alerts.

In a feature that went live on September 25, 2013, Twitter has expanded its usefulness during crisis and emergency situations by making it possible for local, national and international government organizations to send out critical messages to users. Organizations like the American Red Cross are also being permitted to enroll in the program.

Twitter users can find out how to sign up at the official Twitter blog. The Twitter users can sign up to receive alerts through push notifications or text messages and they will also be promoted with a unique appearance in the Twitter stream.

Twitter has published guidelines for using the alert feature which organizations will have to follow. The guidelines are designed to make sure that the alerts are reserved for true emergency communications. Examples Twitter gives include natural disasters; severe weather; terrorism; crimes; cyber incident; radiological incidents; and threats to natural resources, such as the food supply.

Twitter is also requiring that participating organizations increase the security on their Twitter accounts to be in the program, so as to prevent hackers and spam gaining entry through users who sign up for the alerts (Twitter Starts Alerts Site for Governments, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2013).

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Tweet from @ProofofHisLove

Share Light #31 is a Tweet from @ProofofHisLove

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tweet from @ColtonLHaynes

Share Light #30 is a Tweet from @ColtonLHaynes. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Lauren "Lola" Scott Chiodo (RIP)

Share Light #29 is Teenager who used social media to spread awareness of cancer succumbs to disease.

Lauren "Lola" Scott Chiodo was active in social media for the past 4 years as she sought to spread awareness of her cancer. Lola died on August 8, 2013, at age 16. She was from the state of Nevada.

Over the years Lola utilized Facebook, Twitter as @lola_scott1, YouTube, and Instagram to raise awareness of cancer. She also has her own website at Lola's mother Cherri Chiodo announced her passing on Facebook on August 8, 2013:
This morning my beautiful baby girl Lauren "Lola" Scott Chiodo left her physical body here on earth to start a new journey, one she told me she was so excited to begin. Words cannot explain our saddness but knowing that her spiritual soul is no longer ridden with cancer brings us solace. She is dancing with so many loved ones right now I can feel her joy. She will forever amaze me with the love she had for so many (Source).
Here is a YouTube video of Lola giving a speech at the Relay for Life event in 2011, when she was 14 years old.

Two Twitter hashtags continue to spread awareness of  Lola's life and the cause of cancer awareness that she championed. Many of her friends and those she inspired have taken to Twitter to express their sorrow. You can follow the tweets about Lola on Twitter at #lovelikelola or #lolasbucketlist. Here is a top tweet about Lola by @BryanLlenas.
You can also read the article by Bryan Llenas that announced Lola's death.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

26 Acts of Kindness

Share Light #28 is 26 Acts of Kindness.

A social media campaign called "26 Acts of Kindness" was started after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. The campaign grew with both a Facebook and Twitter presence. It's intention was for people everywhere to do 26 random acts of kindness to honor each of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Ann Curry, a correspondent with NBC News, asked herself "What Can I do?" after the tragedy and started the campaign on Twitter using the hashtags #20Acts and #26Acts (Source). Here is one of the first tweets that got the campaign started.

The campaign initially started to honor the 20 children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary but it was changed to 26 Acts of Kindness to include the 6 administrators and teachers who also lost their lives. It quickly spread as people tweeted @AnnCurry with descriptions of how they were serving others.  #26Acts eventually was trending on Twitter.

Here is a video where Ann Curry shares the origins of the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign.

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Warren Allen Tidwell, an auto parts salesman from Auburn, Alabama independently started a Facebook page called 26 Acts of Kindness to promote the honor the Sandy Hook victims and allow people to share their acts of kindness on Facebook (Source).  Tidwell's Facebook page experienced tremendous growth after Ann Curry announced her similar idea on Twitter and he handed the administration of the page over to NBC after 1,000 likes were reached (Source). There are now over 100,000 likes to the 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook page and it forms a dynamic social media duo along with Ann Curry's #26Acts endeavors on Twitter.

The 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook page says in its description:
Newton's heartbreak has a lot of us asking, "What can I do?" Thinking about this, Ann Curry took to twitter and Warren Alan Tidwell took to facebook to ask everyone to commit to 26 Acts of Kindness to honor each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. NBC has joined forces with a grassroots effort by dedicated, good individuals. In the new media age NBC used their platform to promote an idea, based in decent humanity, to help drive an unprecedented effort of random and intentional acts of kindness. Are you in?

Here is a news video of Warren Allen Tidwell and his Facebook page 26 Acts of Kindness.

If you haven't joined the cause yet you can follow 26 Acts of Kindness at the following social media areas.
Even though it has been 6 months since the Sandy Hook Tragedy, the 26 Acts of Kindness continues to be a way to honor those who were lost and help with the greater good in communities across the world.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wheelchair Bound Piglet Video

Share Light #27 is Wheelchair Bound Piglet Video.

This YouTube video of a piglet who is confined to a wheel chair has went viral.  It shares a story of how a piglet was brought to a veterinarian to be put down because he had no use of his hind legs. Instead the veterinarian adopted the piglet and created a wheel chair for him. The piglet known as "Chris P. Bacon" has received almost 1 million views on his video on YouTube in less than a month. 

There were many tweets on Twitter about Chris P. Here is one. 

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The photo of the pigs in this post is in the Public Domain