Certainly, social media has made heroes, villians, and scapegoats famous (or infamous).
For those of us in rescue, it is saving lives, solving pet over population problems and giving us an opportunity to work together for common goals.
In the past two weeks, a petition on Care2 has been proof of social media power.
At this writing (Sunday afternoon), there are 112,000+ signatures from all over the world.
In addition to signing the petition, many of them have “clicked over” to one of our Facebook pages – Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter, Miami Animal Alliance and/or Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
We’re all working together to be the voice for animals in distress.
On a happier note, Facebook, especially, has connected adopters with dogs who need a home; using closed groups (a place where we can talk, solve problems, vent frustrations, and get reassurance – when we need it from colleagues, who like us at PAAS, work in animal rescue) lost dogs have found homes, transports across multiple states have been organized and resources/solutions been shared.
An important thing to remember when it comes to social media is that once you post it – the world may come running to your door – good or bad.
Closed groups offer some privacy, but many people often think it doesn’t apply to them so they copy text and pictures then share it on their public pages. The results are usually not good.
From personal experience, Facebook has brought new friends, relived old memories and, many times, renewed my faith in humanity.
I’m pretty sure Mark Zuckerberg had no idea how powerful his “dating” idea would become.
It has certainly enriched my life and for PAAS it has given us a voice and a platform that would have taken years to establish.
The good far outweighs the bad.