Change Status: Facebooking and Twittering for a better world
Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time. In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement. Alexandra asks, "What can we do in between those milestones to track our progress, boost our morale, build community, and celebrate our successes?"
Alexandra thinks Facebook or Twitter may have the answer:
Many of us are posting daily, hourly or minute-by-minute snapshots of our activities via Facebook status updates or Twitter. These status updates could be a great way for us to share the small steps we're all taking to strengthen our communities, reduce our personal environmental footprints, increase issue awareness, support people in need, empower and mobilize marginalized communities, support social justice -- all the many many things people in non-profits, activist groups, government agencies, social enterprises and multinational corporations are doing to move us towards a world that is socially, environmentally and personally sustainable.
Alexandra closes her post with some great questions: What did you do today that moved your work, your organization or your personal practice forward? She suggests that we post these micro victories to our Facebook or Twitter status.
This sounds like a more rewarding way to use your social presence updates. Rather than complaining or telling the world you're eating hot oatmeal, sharing a sense of accomplishment towards a reach goal is inspiring. Maybe we should consider adding it to BlogHers Act?
I did a quick browse through the Twitter and Facebook updates of my friends and found some amazing women who are accomplishing their goals, celebrating them, and feeling connected to larger movements:
SamLand is Shirley Mayfield's blog. She is going to Ghana in November. She is using her blog to raise money to support the first Community Access television station in Ghana, Coastal Television in Cape Coast Ghana. The blog will also be used to chronicle her trip.
Adina's Deck is from Debbie Heimowitz it is a 30-minute interactive television pilot series geared towards girls 9-14. The series focuses around four tech savvy characters who have either been cyber bullies or victims. What a great way to educate kids about this issue. I'd love to read tweets or blog posts from Debbie about the outcomes of the project.
girls with macs is where you can follow Michaela's exploration of web2.0 tools for nonprofits. She shares are learnings and her passion about her work.
Laura's Notebook is written by Laura Whitehead who is a web designer in the UK. I read her blog and follow on her Twitter. Based on what she writes about on her blog and the status updates, she accomplishes more in a day, than most people do in a week. Thanks for the inspiration!
In Kenzo is a network weaver. You can find her Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, Second Life and many other online communities. And, she accomplishes so much offline too!
Beth Kanter, BlogHer CE for NGOS and Social Change, writes Beth's Blog.