Need clothes, specialized expertise, rental space, airline tickets, new friends, a listening ear? Where can you go and find other birds of the same feather? Social Media ~ or SoMe as some refer to it! Never before have a met a more generous, optimistic, considerate, philanthropic group of people in “one place!”
Seriously, if you put a question out there, somebody is going to answer you! If you’re not skilled with the techniques of how to use the tools to the greatest advantage, just ask! Someone generous with their time will educate you! They may be on the other side of the world, but you’ll find someone compassionate who remembers what its like to be in your shoes.
I hate long surveys, and most people don’t like to participate. But with a tool like Twitter, you’re forced to be precise! One hundred and forty (140) characters isn’t a lot, but you can say so much! In a previous post asking for book recommendations I asked for other books of a similar genre and solicited feedback from my followers. Within two hours I had 25 recommendations! Now that’s what I call responsive!
Again tonight, I asked “Survey Question: How many people would donate excess possessions to other
#SM connections who may have need? #usguys #Philanthropy“ Again, because of my use of hashtags to a great group of people who call themselves #USGUYS, I had 4 responses within minutes:
Margie Arnett (@Giddyup2) The third to respond replied – “I would and have!” and also retweeted my survey question. In a later tweet responding to my thanks, she said “Just mending the world within my reach”
Trent Bown (@Bowndairyman) The fourth to respond replied – “so much knowledge and time has already been freely shared w/me. Feel I need to pay it forward!
#usguys” and after following up with a thanks for his response he replied “the thing is…. Social media & specifically #usguys has brought it out in me, reminded me the importance of it!
What started this survey was a question a fairly recent Twitter follower & friend Jason Houck (@JasonPromotesU) asked if I knew of anybody who had any frequent flier miles for a round trip ticket they may want to donate. He has a friend who’s going into surgery Friday morning who doesn’t have any family in the area to be with him. He wanted to fly out to be there for him. I suggested he put the question out to his followers. I tweeted his need and had Mark Bernhardt retweet. I have confidence that somebody somewhere has some frequent flier miles they may be willing to part with. He’s willing to trade services for the flier miles donated. So, if you’re reading this and can assist in any way, contact Jason! Remember, you can’t direct message someone that doesn’t follow you, so if you want to donate and he doesn’t follow you already, send him a tweet to establish the conection.
The lesson to learn or take away from this post is to realize the power of your connections. What makes #USGUYS strong is nightly chatter and weekly Monday afternoon #usguyschat! Unfortunately, I’m always at work during the #usguys chat, but I try to participate as many nights as I can. You quickly develop some incredible connections with awesome people when you dialogue with the regulars. You learn a lot about yourself, others, and the world around you!
I encourage everyone who reads this to create a Twitter account if you don’t have one, start using it more if you do, and find a strong community of like minded people by searching the #hashtags!!! A BIG THANKS TO #USGUYS!
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