My top 5 social media number 1s – Blog Post #6 – COM0011




As I sat down at the computer “just about” ready to write my final blog for Intro to Social Media, I realised I had too many topics I wanted to cover. This week for example, I came across a hashtag that meant something to me. While a hashtag can be funny or sarcastic this one was an acronym for a serious and unjust subject. Sometimes a hashtag can lead you to more information on a particular subject that really interests you as this one did for me. I wanted whatever audience I have to know about it and care about it. I also noticed a picture posted by a celebrity that made me stop in my tracks. I wanted to write about what it stood for and give it an even bigger platform. Then, I read probably the best blog I have ever read. It just hit me like a ton of bricks and I wanted everyone on my Facebook page to read it. While listening to Spark on CBC on my way home from work, bam, a social media movement that may bridge the gap between the racial and poverty divide in the United States and lastly I really wanted to write about an application I think will change the world for so many people, giving them independence by being virtually dependent. How could I possibly narrow it down? All of the topics are incredibly important to me. Then I realised these necessary bits of information were shared by different social media platforms. Why not write a list of five of my social media number ones? So here they are, my fav hashtag, image, blog post, use of Web 2.0 and app!

My favourite Hashtag:

#mmiw is an acronym for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (and girls). I am not an indigenous woman but I am a woman. First, let’s be clear that the way this country has treated those native or indigenous to it, is absolutely deplorable. Apologies mean nothing when change is not in effect. I recently read about 10 First Nations reserves with more than 10 years of bad water, only receiving media attention this week because of the recent Winnipeg boil water advisory.



49% of murdered Canadian women are indigenous. Aboriginal women make up 4.3% of the total Canadian population and 16% of all accounted Canadian homicides. Why? Highway 16 “The Highway of Tears” is an 800km section of highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Colombia. Records show 18 murders on the highway between 1969 and 2011 but families say over 40 murders have occurred. Because of little police interest and an almost non existent investigation, these murders continue to be unsolved. Some say racism is also the reason the Pickton murders went unsolved for so many years.

#mmiw gives immediate attention to these women. The lack of respect we as a nation have shown those native to this land has always bothered me. This hashtag made me feel like there is the possibility of change. Hopefully with the recent star power of Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq (freak out, she follows me on Twitter!!!), these issues will make the “front pages”. If you Google #mmiw, you will find a boat load of incredibly important information regarding this issue. Also, please consider First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s, 7 free ways to make a difference.


My favourite image:

We know the tension between Israel and the Palestinian People has resulted in so many lives lost on both sides. I think despite whatever view you have, peace is what we wish for everyone.  I have many Jewish and Muslim friends. They are equally peace loving and important. This picture took my breath away.

A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can't live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. - Chelsea Handler

A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can’t live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. – Chelsea Handler

I mean just read the caption. The best part? I shared it and both my Muslim and Jewish friends ‘liked’ it. It’s the little things that can evoke a break in the heaviness. The power of an image is unlike any other. It really can say a million words. For me, this picture summed up the sadness and waste of war, odd I know. Chelsea Handler has 2.6 million Facebook friends and 5.6 million Twitter followers. Imagine what might happen if we all share this image?


My all time favourite blog post!!!!!!:



Have you heard of Tess Munster? Well if you haven’t, you will! Tess Munster is the largest plus size model to be signed by a mainstream modeling agency. She started her #effyourbeautystandards movement and describes herself as a “body positive activist”. And, she is sooo gorgeous! She is a single mom (go girl!) and is engaged and HAPPY! Imagine that (note the sarcasm)? But I said this was the “my favourite blog section” didn’t I? So here’s the best part. Obviously Tess received a slew of hateful and downright disgusting comments about her incredible success (note my annoyance) but the blog this writer wrote in response was absolutely the best blog I have ever read. You know when someone says “Well, she’s so unhealthy and she’s disgusting, and if she cared about her child she would lose weight, and she can’t be happy if she’s that fat!”? You know….those people, the ones who say those things and you don’t know exactly how to respond? Well look no further, please read WHY PEOPLE HATE TESS MUNSTER (AND OTHER HAPPY FAT PEOPLE) by Jes at The Militant Baker. It’s the perfect read if you need a dose of reality or need valid points when arguing;).


My favourite use of Web 2.0:

Recently while listening to Spark, I learned about an ingenious idea thought up and implemented by Darryl Adams, Superintendent of Schools for Coachella Valley Unified District. He noticed a divide between children who have access to wireless devices and Wi-Fi and those who did not have access to the internet off of school grounds. His belief is that internet requirements for students without access is a civil rights issue. How can students graduate and be able to compete if they do not have access to the internet for homework? The “poorer neighborhoods” would images6YH89GJ8continue to fall behind at a greater rate if access could not be acquired. It’s one thing to give your students laptops but if they don’t have service at home, research becomes difficult or impossible. Solution? School buses. School buses with secure Wi-Fi park outside of low income neighborhoods. The students can log in from their bedrooms and get their homework done! What about battery power for the bus? Solar panels! I mean this podcast will make you grin from ear to ear! One step closer to equality! Information is power! You can listen to Norah Young (Spark host) and Darryl Adams here.


My favourite app:

Last but not least, my pic for this year’s number one app is Be My Eyes. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteers willing to be their eyes from their smart phone! Let’s say for example a visually impaired person is grocery shopping and needs help differentiating one product from another or help reading the ingredients on a particular item, they simply place a request to the app and are connected with a sighted volunteer, like Facetime!!! This can change the world for so many people. It really is the best app I think has been created in forever! Volunteers can earn points andimagesMM54FQ64 be promoted! As of yet, it is only available on iOS but should be available for Android soon! Be My Eyes is a free app and anyone can volunteer! Just get it! There are currently almost 10,000 visually impaired and 112,000 sighted signed up. Isn’t this a most incredible use of social media?



So there they are folks, my top five number ones! I hope these either opened your eyes or were moments that resonated with you as well. Social media may have its faults but more importantly, it has the power to be beautiful and evoke positive change.


How about you? What were your top social media moments of the past few months? Are there other social media platforms that  have exposed you to something interesting or life changing? Would love to hear from you!



6 thoughts on “My top 5 social media number 1s – Blog Post #6 – COM0011

  1. Staysing, great post. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the topics you chose…they really got me thinking. Its so difficult to actually think about what aboriginal women in this country have endured. Its disgraceful, disgusting and embarrassing for Canada. Love the picture of the topless Jewish Women on the donkey. So powerful…I think I might have to post it on my Facebook page to see the comments. Its really interesting to think that so many children out there don’t have access to the internet. I love Wifi bus idea. This would be amazing. The cost would be minimal and the results would be wonderful. Hopefully it continues to spread. Would love to try BE MY Eyes. Totally checking it out tonight. What a wonderful way to volunteer and help the blind. Can’t wait to look into all of these topics further. 🙂

  2. @jslm11 (finally found you to “@”!), thank you for your comment! The Jewish woman is a comedian by the name of Chelsea Handler. She has broken down so many barriers for women in comedy! She used to have a late night talk show but quit because she got bored. She recently signed a contract with Netflix for a series of filmed stand up acts. She is also a best selling author. Check her out if you like racy outspoken blue comedy.
    Let me know how Be My Eyes works for you! It is such a phenomenal idea isn’t it?
    Best of Luck Sarah and thanks again!

  3. I learned something new! I had not heard of any of those newsworthy/attention worthy issues, people, or products. I particularly like the service oriented products. The wi-fi school bus providing a service and reducing economic barriers and social stigmas. And the Be My Eyes App. I’m not sure if I’m still out of the social media loop but that sounds like the start of something new there. A person can volunteer on an app?! Social Media volunteering? That will grow in leaps and bounds. Very cool!

  4. @jeybergen Thanks for your comment. I agree that the Be My Eyes app is only the beginning for this type of social movement. Sometimes I think all of the amazing ideas in the world have already been taken and then an app like this one happens! I was so excited about the Wi-Fi busses. President Obama is a huge champion of them. I believe in equal education for all so I was so very excited when I heard of Darryl Adams and this project! It’s these small steps in social change that will bridge the gap, especially with the impossible cost of post-secondary education. I am also a huge fan of free post-secondary education. Many colleges and universities post their lectures online so learning is available to anyone with a laptop and Wi-Fi from anywhere in the world for free. They are not eligible for the diploma but are to learn.

  5. Hello and well done
    You are right about the deplorable state of First Nations in this country. It is unbelievable that in the 21st century a segment of society in this country would have no access to safe drinking water. I also believe that, had there been incidents of people disappearing in large numbers from any other segment of society, and nothing was done about it there would have been mass protests at least.


  6. @keith1980, Thank you! I can’t understand our nation’s judgement towards other countries and their treatment of others when terrible things are happening to the first nations people here. The link I posted for support is fantastic and approved by my very good friend who grew up in some terrible conditions herself. I hope you have a moment to check it out. 🙂

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