Week 20? Really? I can’t believe it’s already here, but I’m super excited for the theme this week. Social networks have reached far beyond their initial college audiences into the mainstream population, and are taking it by storm. I swore I would never get a Twitter account, but in the name of promoting great causes I decided to sign up so I could tweet my blogs. Then in the past couple of my days my multimedia savvy Mom suggested I start following more causes on Twitter, because they in turn would follow me and (hopefully) read my blog. I engaged her ingenious plan yesterday, and I’ve doubled my followers in two days! I still don’t know how to use tweet or twitter in a sentence but I am thankful for the free press this social network is bringing my blog and all the other great causes out there.
While I was taking a little exploratory stroll around the Twitter world today I came across this great account called @TwitCause. As I read the tag line, ” TwitCause is part of BroadCause which promotes nonprofits & enables passionate people to support causes they care about”, I knew this was someone I wanted to follow. BroadCause is another social platform where people can go to find, support, and promote charities. Every Thursday TwitCause tweets an update that highlights the non-profit for the week. Followers retweet the message and spread the word even further and follow the non-profit raising more awareness and hopefully raising more monetary contributions. Sure money is great, but sometimes pushing that little retweet button is just as powerful in a world bridged together by social networks.
Paddle Jam slams!
On my tour I also found one of the coolest ideas for raising awareness of non-profits ever. @paddlejam is the twitter account for the awesome event called Paddle Jam which combines ping-pong, celebrities, non-profits, and good times. Last year they held a March Madness style table tennis tournament where celebrities came out to support a non-profit of their choice. Rock The Vote, represented by the musicians LMFAO, took home the Paddle Jam 2010 trophy but the giving is never over. Seven other non-profits joined in the tournament to help raise money and awareness for all of the causes involved. PJ also tells you how you can support their causes without opening your wallet. Which raises the new question, is the tweet mightier than the dollar?
Follow @TwitCause or donate to this week’s cause-Action Against Hunger
Follow @paddlejam or donate to one of the great teams from the tournament
And follow me @Thanks_4_giving 🙂
So here’s to you Twitter! I’m still not sure when to tweet, retweet, twead, or tweeter, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out in time. You connect celebrities and fans, musicians and groupies, and supporters and causes. You have revolutionized the way people communicate with each other and totally changed the definition of word of mouth. Some people love you, some people may not understand you, and some people may not even like you, but no one can deny you are a social network that is atwitter with lots to be thankful for.