In this blog series entitled "Social Networking for Social Justice", I’m explaining several different social media tools, and how they can be implemented to help drive, and support organizations such as Bound4LIFE.
"Microblogging" is quickly becoming my favorite way to communicate and share information on the internet. The common feature in all the microblogging services is that it asks you, "What are you doing?" The answer that you can give is typically limited to 140 characters, and is posted publicly as a status update to let people who care, and probably many who don’t, what you’re up to. Sites like Facebook and MySpace have those features built into their sites, but dedicated microblogging services like Twitter, Brightkite, Plurk and Jaiku do one thing, and they do it well.
Microblogging has consistently beaten the mainstream news media in "reporting" breaking news such as earthquakes, plane crashes, and announcements simply because of the instant and unfiltered aspect of the social network. Twitter wouldn’t be successful without the "critical mass" of people sharing information from portable devices like cellphones and laptops.
Many times, these services, the most popular being Twitter, gauge the pulse of the conversation taking place on the Internet at any given moment. During the 2008 Presidential Election, there wasn’t a minute that went by without someone mentioning the key words "Obama", "McCain" or "Palin". I’m pretty sure most everyone had overlooked, um… what’s his name? Seriously, I’m typing this and I forgot his name. Oh well, you get the point.
Imagine if the Internet was saturated with the moral outcries of the pro-life community. If, instead of always seeing a celebrity’s name at the top of the trending words, we see topics like "adoption", "pregnancy", "family", "justice", and "LIFE". The moral compass of the online community could be pointed away from the veneer of selfishness, and vanity. It’s possible, at 140 characters at a time.
Get out there and talk about life, talk about justice, be the moral critical mass, because we live in immoral, critical times.
Biden! That’s his name. I knew it would come to me.