We live in an age in which social media has gone way beyond sharing #ThrowbackThursday pictures and updating relationship status to “It’s complicated”.
Now it’s more about, “You got a problem? Share it!
Our first reaction to any kind of problem is to get onto our phones, edit the post/tweet/picture and hit “send”. And once you hit send, you know it’s out there for everyone to take it forward.
Here are warm stories that show social media’s true prowess and potential.
- During Chennai Floods
Last November, when Chennai rains made an ugly transformation into Chennai floods, the disastrous magnitude broke several homes. But it also united people on social media and wrote one of the warmest chapters on kindness and humanity.
Emergency numbers, rescue camp details, accommodation details were being circulated on Google excel sheets, hashtags #Chennaifloods #ChennaiVolunteer and #ChennaiRescue were used to help in real time coordination with victims and rescue teams and to circulate information about food, clothes and other essential supplies.
It also gave birth to an independent weather blogging community on Twitter that gave out credible updates to the anxious world.
We’d call it the best use of 140 characters ever!
- Every time someone tweeted to Mr. Suresh Prabhu
Indian Railways is now on Twitter. And they are super prompt and efficient!
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has been in the news for all the right reasons. Be it sending immediate help for the girl who tweeted about a pervert harassing her in the train or fixing a potholed road in just 3 days after someone complained about it or even sending food to students stuck in the train because of a 7 hour delay. If your problem is relevant, you shall receive immediate help.
This man is setting the bar pretty high for other ministers.
Read more about him here.
Source: Indian Express
- When a minor was being tortured
Recently, a video of a 55-year old woman beating up her daughter in Manipur went viral on social media.
The cyber crime unit of Imphal investigated and tracked the woman down and handed over the girl to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for a better future.
Know more about it here.
- When a poor old man lost his typewriter
The internet lost its mind when a sub-inspector in Uttar Pradesh broke a 65-year old man’s typewriter which was also his source of living since 35 years. But there’s no hiding from the digital rage, is it? When Akhilesh Yadav came across the footage caught on camera that went viral, thanks to social media, he decided to suspend the sub-inspector and gift two brand new typewriters to the old man with of course, a quick tweet update.
Here is more if you’re interested.
- When the internet witnessed Tara Balgopal’s plight
While many of us were busy blaming the government and feeling bad for the 82-year old dancer Tara Balgopal’s plight of being honoured by a postal stamp to living off of charity, Nikhil Sarup decided to take that extra step beyond likes and shares.
He decided to start a crowd funding campaign with Ketto. Not only did he get the issue the attention it required but he also managed to raise a whopping amount of INR 8,10,103 from the crowd in just a month.
Now she has a proper, well-furnished house to live in, with electricity, a tiffin service and a way better life. If you ask us, this is hands down the best use of social media.
Find out how he did it here.
Next time while browsing through social media, if you come across a cause you think you can help, just get on Ketto and save the day!