In an earlier post, I asked people to suggest some things people in various situations ( having little money, little time, socially awkward, etc...) could do to help others. In the comments, donnanoble suggested going to the following site: http://freerice.com/category where there are multiple-choice question-based games for various subjects of varying difficulty and your answers net food for others while you learn! (More info about the site under the cut.) I suggested that ONTD could have a charitable session where we could all play the game and post how many grains of rice we were able to get in addition to other charitable acts we did for WHD - and those we do in general.
1. Make account
2. Join group
3. ONTD rules world
Thanks to misao7 for making the ONTD group on freerice.com!
And with a little help from Beyoncé, organizers of the global event say they made some social media history, too, inspiring more than 1 billion messages on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.
"This could arguably be the largest mobilization of good intention in web history, an amazing coming together of celebrity, brands and NGOs," Andrew Droga--founder of Droga5, which helped organize the event--told Yahoo News on Sunday. "Think of it as 'We Are The World' for the social media generation."
Droga said the campaign reached its billion-message goal--1,042,165,010 to be exact--with 20 minutes to spare.
The campaign's website launched earlier this month, collecting pledges and messages from would-be do-gooders, soliciting ideas ("Make a homeless person a sandwich") and encouraging visitors to spread the word using the #IWasHere hashtag.
And Beyoncé, who shot a new music video at the United Nations specifically for the campaign, told Anderson Cooper her goal was to encourage the spread of "positivity no matter how big or how small." The music video--for Beyoncé's "I Was Here"--was released on Sunday. (It didn't hurt that Beyoncé tweeted about the initiative to her 5 million followers, changing her Twitter avatar to promote the event.)
World Humanitarian Day was designated by the U.N. General Assembly in 2009 to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 U.N. staffers.
Celebrity TweetsAugust 19, 2012
If you guys want, you can post celebrities' tweets of participation in WHD in the comments.