A friend blogged the other day that she learned about her school delay via Facebook long before she got the notification phone call. “Facebook has become my best news source for everything I need to know – births , illnesses, engagements, and school closings,” she wrote.
One commenter said: Twitter has news as soon as it happens while the rest of the world has yet to catch up.
While a lot of people use Facebook to connect with family and friends, they also use it to share the latest news and information they know others will care about. Same for Twitter and many other social media platforms.
I’ve witnessed the power and reach of social media firsthand. When I posted that I was collecting items for my church charity auction on Facebook and my blog, friends (some of whom I haven’t seen since high school and others I’ve never met in person) wrote to tell me they’d help.
Sharon Mayhew, a cyber friend from Iowa, sent me scrapbooking supplies.
Author Janice Hardy mailed an autographed copy of “The Shifter,” the first book in her fantasy trilogy, The Healing Wars.
YA Fiction and paranormal author Dianne Salerni sent me a signed copy of “We Hear the Dead” and a T-shirt.
Susan Hosier posted on Facebook that she had a crabcake fundraising business and she would love to donate a case of 12 lump crabcakes.
Jenny Kemper and Diane Fisher and others raised their hands.
I never would have reached these peeps if it had not been for social media. And because I reached them, we will raise more money than we would have for the local food bank, which means more people will be helped.
How do you use Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media?
BTW, if you’d like to donate something, I’m still collecting. (Smiles) You can e-mail me (Buffy@ydr.com) if you’d like to make a donation. Or, if you want to attend, the Valentine’s Dinner and Charity Auction, sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church in Manchester, is Feb. 12 at the Union Fire Company. Proceeds benefit the Northeastern Food Bank. Tickets cost $14. For details, call 757-3384.