I have to admit it, I am a Facebook junkie. I login daily to stay in the Social Media loop. There are so many options for using Facebook these days. How can I not be addicted? For me, its to stay up to date on the everyday lives of my family and friends, arrange playgroups, mommy dinners, birthday parties, events, enter contests, ask for advice, follow organizations, join community groups and so much more as the options are endless.
Did you know that you can actually join up to 6000 Facebook groups at once? If you’re already at the 6000 group limit you will have to leave a group before joining another. I really hope that someone would hold an intervention if I’m ever at that many groups.
Most recently a friend of mine invited me to a Facebook Online Community Group that is definitely worth mentioning, called “Buy Nothing Barrhaven.” She had been over visiting and I was admiring her purse when she mentioned that she got it for free on this Facebook group. Of course I was very intrigued and signed up to see what it was all about.
Buy Nothing Barrhaven is a Facebook group with currently 1,912 local Barrhaven residents as members. It’s actually part of something bigger called the Buy Nothing Project. Give Freely. Share Creatively. When trying to explain what the group is all about I visited their website at http://buynothingproject.org and found the following quote, “When people ask me what a Buy Nothing group really looks like, I tell them it’s a Facebook group that’ll give you a hands-on chance to take part in a social movement spreading across the country, enabling people and communities to commit episodic acts of daily good together.” By Liesl Clark
The original Buy Nothing Project group was established on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. Basically, people in your local community give stuff to each other for free. Random Acts of Kindness all day long. It’s actually overwhelming to watch how much is posted and how often. I seriously could monitor the group as a full time job. People in your community post items that they no longer need, want or just feel like donating and all you have to do is comment that you are interested along with the others and they choose a person to give it to and you pick it up locally. I am shocked at the items that are being given away. An $800 authentic Tiffany necklace, food, waffle makers and tupperware. The acts of kindness are really amazing. Please watch and be inspired by this really great YouTube video about the group.
If I thought I was addicted to Facebook before, I’m in big trouble now. I have been going through my stuff and will be posting a bunch to donate soon. Oh, and I recently picked up my first “win”….a brand new purse 🙂
Have you ever heard of the Buy Nothing Project or something like it? Check out their website to see if there is currently a group running out of your community. Would love to hear about any other interesting groups or feedback that you might have.