#12DaysOfGiving Day 7 – Dr Andy Baldwin & Got Your Back Network

Day 7 of our #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Dr Andy Baldwin. You may recognize Andy from the 10th season of reality TV show The Bachelor. He is also a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and has been honored on the Washington D.C. Most Influential People under 40 list in 2009, and Outside Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of the World list in 2006. His Twitter bio reads: @DrAndyBaldwin - U.S. Navy Doctor, Fitness Advocate, TV Personality, Ironman Triathlete, Marathon Runner, & ardent supporter of military families through @GotYourBackNet His true passion lies with the families of our fallen soldiers. His charity of choice, which he founded, is the Got Your Back Network. Hi, I'm Andy Baldwin, I'm the founder of Got Your Back Network, which connects with military families who have lost a spouse or parent while serving our country. Our goal is to give comfort, answer a special need, offer guidance and bring a brighter day. We provide this service to the families of fallen soldiers through ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 6: Mark Horvath & InvisiblePeopleTV

Day 6 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Mark Horvath. According to his Twitter bio, Mark (aka @HardlyNormal) is: "Just a hardly normal guy trying to navigate through an abnormal world by helping others. Founder @invisiblepeople & @wearevisible" I had the privilege of meeting Mark in person for dinner this summer while we were both visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba (where I grew up and my family still lives). I will say that Mark is ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 4: Sean Gardner @2MorrowKnight & Charity Water

Day 4 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features a personal favorite of mine: Sean Gardner, aka @2MorrowKnight. Sean is the prolific social media blogger on Huffington Post, well known for his #TwitterPowerhouses series. I met Sean years ago on Twitter and have had enough phone conversations with him to know he is one of the enthusiastic people on the planet and probably doesn't ever sleep. If there was someone ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 3: Ann Tran & St Jude

Day 3 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge features Twitter hero a Huffington Post blogger, Ann Tran. I've known Ann for about as long as I've been on Twitter and we were featured in the Huffington Post article 16 People on Twitter Who Inspire the World. According to her Twitter Bio, @AnnTran_  is: "Happily Married. Spiritual Seeker. Enjoys Travel, Beaches, Wine, Hiking and Photographing Nature." She is also extremely motivated and passionate ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 2: Dennis Crowley & Camp Interactive

Meet Dennis Crowley, our featured social good superstar for Day 2 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge. His Twitter profile (@dens) says simply: "I like snowboards, foursquare and unemployment." We think he's being modest, though. Not only is he the co-founder of Foursquare, but he was also on Family Feud. (Yeah, there's lots of other impressive stuff that you can read on his site, but we ...

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#12DaysOfGiving Day 1: Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Hope Runs

Who better to lead out our first 1 of #12DaysofGiving than social good superstar Claire Diaz-Ortiz. @ClaireD - has been leading social innovation, philanthropy, and causes at Twitter since 2009. She is the author of Twitter for Good: Change the World, One Tweet at a Time, and is a frequent international speaker on how to use social media for good. Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, ...

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Social Media Adventure goes to Costa Rica

When I first launched the Social Media Adventure, I wanted to connect with online friends that I hadn't met in person. Very simply, I started driving and went to various cities meeting my social media acquaintances in real life. The support was absolutely overwhelming, and more often than not I was asked the question by those I hadn't yet met in person: When are you coming to my city? ...

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