Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2: Social Media: Sharing the love!

I am sure we all feel like this because this is MID WEEK!

we all feel like:

BUT here's something to make us smile:

So! for week two, I will be talking about how AWESOME people have decided to use the internet, specifically Social Media, to spread love, ideas of peace and warm fuzzy feelings to people who get depressed because they spend way too much time online. 

1. Soul Pancakehttp://soulpancake.com/

Social Media Platform: Youtube

Soul Pancake is a creative agency that creates heartwarming videos and projects about the awesomeness of life. 

Through interviews with people facing death; 
creating characters (kid President), 
videoing heartwarming human interactions through their street projects, 
happiness projects,
it has garnered the affection of the internet. Soul pancake shows us how social media can be utilized to spread LOVE to more people around us. Because happy videos make happy people. Duh. 

2. GOODhttp://www.good.is/

3. TEDtalkshttp://www.ted.com/talks

Social Media Platform: Youtube

TED, the acronym of Technology, Entertainment, Design, is the name of conferences owned by Sapling Foundation, a non-profit organization. TED's mission states their passion in the belief that ideas have the power to "change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world." Therefore, they stand as a curator that "offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other."

The talks have been offered free for viewing since June 2006, THANK YOU TO WHOEVER MADE IT POSSIBLE. In mid November 2012, TED talks have been viewed one billion times worldwide! 

If you want to make yourself smarter/ feel smarter, do check out TEDtalks! 

4. Buzzfeed | http://www.buzzfeed.com/

If you are as obsessed with lists as I am, then buzzfeed is for you. It is filled with endless pages of GIFS and lists about the most practical things to the most nonsensical. 

Such as:

So good to know right?! 
This website makes use of social media such as youtube and allows sharing of articles on assorted social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, email and Pinterest. 

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When people see heartwarming, happy or content that touch their hearts, they would want to share it with others! Sharing of articles on social Media sheds light on different situations around the world that we might not be aware of. Through sharing and retweeting/ reposting/ etc, members of the social network start to see life in a different way and be more aware of the world around us. For example, one of the things that touched me kind of was this project that the U.N. High Commission for Refugees called "The Most Important Thing: Syrian Refugees". These photographs depict Syrian refugees with their most prized possession. 

(images retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com/things-they-carried-syrian-refugees-pose-most-precious-items-they-could-grab-they-left-photos)

However, there are many creepy and scary posts that have been reposted and retweetd, shared over a million times due to the fear associated with things that might happen. Though it invokes fear and might possibly be false, such posts do serve as a reminder and as a caution that there are BAD GUYS out there and that we should be careful.

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How Social Media is used as a channel to help people in crisis:

Social Media has also been a great way for normal everyday people like us to help normal everyday people in different parts of the world going through difficult, life- threatening situations. Which means that everyone and anyone can be a lifesaver! 

* Ushahidi, meaning testimony in Swahili, is a non-profit technology company "that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping."
Check them out here: http://www.ushahidi.com/

Hope you guys learnt something new today! Have a great week ahead!

1 comment:

  1. Priscilla, my mum is going to kill me soon. Because i spend so much more time on the computer now due to all the wonderful websites that you have shared!! (kidding about the killing part, she is just nagging at me hahaha) Thanks for sharing all the sites, some like buzzfeed are really awsome! (:


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