This last week was a busy one for U.S. consumers, with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday – but, it’s not over yet. Today, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back to a community, to a cause, to something in some way, shape or form.
Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday has grown quickly and globally with a little hashtag activism. Their biggest message is that it doesn’t matter how much you give or what you give, only that you give.
With over 250,000 tweets in the last week, 41,000 in the last hour, #GivingTuesday is definitely picking up steam. Here is some of the social media chatter around #GivingTuesday today:
— Mashable (@mashable) December 2, 2014
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) December 2, 2014
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 2, 2014
— Barbie (@Barbie) December 2, 2014
#GivingTuesday is a day of giving back. We're celebrating by donating $25,000–$2,500 to 10 great organizations. We'll be highlighting each.
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) December 2, 2014
— Sesame Communities (@SesameCommunity) December 2, 2014
— FedEx (@FedEx) December 2, 2014
Social media and hashtags help inform and mobilize global audiences to talk about and do something about an issue. And since this is the season of giving, we should all look outside ourselves to see what we can give and do to give back.
Does #GivingTuesday inspire you to do something good? Do you plan to give (time, money, attention) to a cause today?
Seeing any #GivingTuesday messaging around the country? around the globe? Snap a pic & tag us! We will RT the best ones!
— #GivingTuesday (@GivingTues) December 2, 2014