#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, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship. She is also the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in East Africa. Her charity of choice is: Hope Runs. In her own words:   ‘Tis better to give than receive. #truth When I got the honor of being the first social good type to kick off the 12 Days of Giving Challenge, it didn’t take long for me to decide on my charity of choice. Today, I’m happy to kick off Day 1 of the 12 Days of Giving challenge by telling you a ...

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Name Your Challenge – Use & Abuse Joseph for the Autism Fundraiser

I get it. You've been watching me encourage you to donate funds in this awesome fundraiser for 5 days now. You're probably wondering if it's ever going to stop. You might be getting bored of me asking, again and again, to donate to these wonderful kids, diagnosed with autism, that need your support. (All of our support) I realize that, and I want to keep things exciting and amazing ...

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Dinner with a Homeless Dude
Meeting Mark Horvath, found of Invisible People.

As it always does, it began with a tweet.... 20 minutes later I was having dinner with a homeless dude. Actually, you can safely blame @GregHartle for this fiasco. Him and @tahlari, to be precise. After seeing @tahlari send a tweet announcing a presentation by Mark Horvath, champion of the cause to bring light to the homeless: Have you or someone you ...

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Social Media Stole My Kidney

The focus on the Social Media Adventure is to demonstrate the power of Social Media to bring people together to form authentic in-person relationships. While the majority of the posts on here are experiences from my own travels, this one was WAY too cool to pass up. Amy Donohue (@TheFabulousOne ) is an "unfiltered & vocal woman" (Her words, I wanted to use "loud mouth") and often speaks ...

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Random Tweet + Tesla Roadster = New Connections

It started with a random tweet. It ended with a ride around Winnipeg in a Tesla Roadster and a new friendship. I saw @KeithBilous tweet about how much he loved giving people rides in his recent "birthday gift to himself": A new Tesla Roadster. I responded and said I wanted a ride, too. :) Seeing that my Twitter profile says I'm in Phoenix, he joked ...

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Tweetup in Winnipeg, Manitoba – #SMMBT

"I'm having a beer at Earl's. Come down before the Tweet-Up." says the text message from JF Ratthé, the expert of Downtown Winnipeg Condo's. I don't like beer, but I do like JF, so I go. ;) JF is what Social Media is all about. He is a connector, through and through. He is funny, engaging and - above all - he ...

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Country Artists (Singers & Songwriters) Using Social Media

It's interesting to see the traffic that comes to this site and the search terms they use to find it. :) Shortly after I published a post about wanting to date a country singer on my recent trip through nashville, I noticed that people were finding this site while googling "Country Artists Using Social Media" and I was a little perplexed. After all, I'm not really a big ...

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Crowdsourcing Luxury Hotel Reservations in NYC, NY

Some may call it ambivalence, others may call it laziness... They may both have a point. Confession: I left my hotel reservations up to my twitter friends. What is the best luxury hotel in NYC? Any suggestions? #nyc (view original tweet) The truth is, though, I have never been to NYC before, so I thought I would ask for some suggestions from my social ...

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Shortcuts In Social Networking & Stranded in the Tropics

It was a cold, snowy night in Winnipeg (that's in Canada in case you didn't know) and I had an hour of driving left. Following my usual keep-me-from-dozing-while-driving protocol, I posted a tweet inviting my followers to phone me and chat. Ring, ring. "Uh, hello. Is this Joseph?" Asked the sweetest southern drawl I'd heard since the last time I was in Atlanta. "Why yes it is," I replied. "Who ...

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Nashville – No country singers, but plenty of Social Media nerds.

It's amazing how quickly the highway passes when you're driving nearly 100 miles per hour. Ummm, anyway... As I pulled my little yellow bee into Nashville, I tweeted my goal for Nashville: Plan for Nashville: 1) date a country singer, 2) find a hip hop radio station. #SMA2010 (see the tweet) Some is better than none right? I found a hip-hop station... No luck on the country singer thing. ...

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Social Media Adventure begins… Winnipeg to Denver!

It's midnight, I've just finished playing basketball.... what is the obvious next thing to do?  (well yes, shower, but I mean AFTER that...) Fill up the tank, post my cell # to twitter and start driving to Denver! The Social Media Adventure Summer Tour Officially Begins! The first leg of the journey begins with a trip to Denver, where I will visit my absolute favorite Social Media connection: @TamaraSchilling ...

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