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In my last post I talked about how Facebook is now allowing 13 to 17 year olds to have a public voice on their social platform. Now just in time nearing the end of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month, Facebook is helping kids in a different and undeniably positive way. This past Friday, just by making a couple posts in some of her car fans groups on Facebook, an Oregon aunt was able to gather an enormous support team for her bullied nephew.

After having lunch with her nephew one afternoon, she saw that he was being bullied by one of his peers taunting him and saying that he had no friends. This woman then turned to Facebook for assistance, and come Friday afternoon an entire rally of car aficionados turned up in the Oregon high school’s parking lot, coming as far as Vancouver, Canada.

The crowd of about 100 supporters really made a world of difference to the young teenager. The boy, Halsey Parkerson, told a local news station, “I will know that whenever I get bullied, I’ll just raise my head up and say, ‘Sorry, I have too many friends to think that I’m getting bullied…This is one glorious day.'”

This event is clearly an example of how social media can in fact have a positive impact on people’s lives. If just a couple posts asking for help can make that much of a difference in one person’s life, imagine what an entire campaign can accomplish.

To read the full article on Mashable.com and watch the KATU news telecast click here.

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If you’re anything like me, someone who kind of sort of has a Twitter account, but rarely uses it and has few followers, a lesson in proper Twitter etiquette is just what you need.

Mashable recently posted an article on how to look your best on one of the most influential social media platforms. This guide is meant to make sure you aren’t unknowingly driving followers away. And honestly, what is the point of having a Twitter without any followers? Unless all you care about is Kanye’s latest rant or Amanda Bynes’ latest breakdown, there are some key things to keep in mind in order to lure potential followers.

For starters, your posting frequency can really affect if someone thinks twice or not about following you. If you’re not someone who is comfortable (and interesting enough) with posting at least 5 times a day, make sure you’re posting relevant stuff at least once a week. If not, you could be seen as just a lurker or a robot and ‘Unfollows’ will soon follow.

Also, just because someone follows you does not mean you have to follow them back. Think of it as your own PR; the more followers you have compared to how many you follow gives you some sort of elite status. However, if your close friend or colleague follows you and you don’t follow back, that could be considered a direct snub. And if you really don’t want to see what that person posts, don’t put them on your private list of the tweets that you actually want to see.

If gaining followers isn’t really your problem, but you want to brush up on the rules of oversharing, spoiling, or the appropriate (or inappropriate) amount of hashtags to use, check out the article here: The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette.