Social Media: How to Make a Difference

Social Media: How to Make a Difference

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you could make a change in the world, what would it be? Maybe you would like to see world peace or stop world hunger. Maybe you would like to start smaller and raise money for a local shelter or get the community more involved in “going green.” Regardless of the change you want to see, you can make it happen! Everyone can make a difference in the world, whether it is big or small.

Social Media has given the world so much more than a simple status update. Those updates can be anything from what you are doing on the weekend to learning that life on another planet has just been found. In today’s world, WE make the news and WE can make a difference.

Through Facebook, you can let friends and family know about events in the community and learn how to become more involved, join groups that you are interested in, and watch videos to fill you in. Through Twitter, you can let your followers know about important issues in a short Tweet. Through blogs, you can bring more awareness to the world about the news and your stance on various topics. These are just some of the social media outlets that can be used to make your voice known.

My Experience: In the Spring of 2011 I saw a post on Twitter from a celebrity that I was following for Arm The Animals. I have always been a very strong animals rights advocate so I decided to check out the organization. Arm The Animals is a company that designs t-shirts to generate awareness and raise funds for struggling animals. I thought that if I could buy a t-shirt and a percentage would help animals shelters then ABSOLUTELY! After purchasing the t-shirt and posting about Arm The Animals on Twitter and Facebook, one of the founders reached out to me. He asked if I would tell my friends about the company and let them know about the cause. I was so excited to be able to spread the word and make a statement for something that I believe in. Since then, I have continued to let people know that they can support a great cause by wearing a cool t-shirt. Although I probably didn’t change the world, I know that I am a small part in spreading awareness for a very important issue. All animals deserve to be treated well and have a loving home and I will continue to support Arm The Animals and be involved in way to help animals.

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So there you have it; everyone can make a change, big or small. Make the most you can out of the Social Media that is accessible to you. Today the sky is the limit and you can be the change you want to be in the world. Go out there and tell people what you think!

More ways to make a difference with Social Media:

http://blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/2012/02/29/5-ways-to-use-social-media-to-spark-social-change/

http://www.armtheanimals.com/

http://www.mediaministryblog.com/2011/07/social-media-is-changing-the-world-are-we/

 

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