Twitter Roundup – May 28: Subverting BP PR, The Betterness Manifesto, and Bill Gates gets his tweet on
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of thought-provoking tweets from the past week:
A fake Twitter account holder (@BPGlobalPR) purporting to represent BP’s public relations department is spreading like… well, like the oil spill. The account has over 50,000 followers, and all its tweets have been retweeted over 100 times. Beyond the sharp social commentary, whoever is running the account has also been plugging, in Colbert-like fashion, an organization devoted to helping rebuild the Gulf. Check it out.
From a fake corporate account to a real one, (@google) recently announced that it’s partnering with energy tracking device maker Current Cost to bring its Google PowerMeter technology to a wider audience. PowerMeter, a project of Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org, allows users to track their energy usage in real time and find ways to cut down. Google is also providing new ways to visualize the oil spill.
This is a little over a week old, but it’s gaining popularity. Umair Haque (@umairh), director of the Havas Media Lab and prominent digital economy blogger, wrote a post calling for an economy based on “betterness.” He advocates for meaningful work and better business – sounds familiar! You can read his manifesto here, and add your own comments (he responds!)
Do Something (@dosomething) helps young people find volunteer opportunities and provides support for innovative social change programs. This week, they announced the nominees of their annual $100,000 prize – five entrepreneurs and idealists under the age of 25. Read more about them on the website, or watch the actual awards ceremony live on VH1 on July 19.
For those of us who have been following Bill Gates’ transition from tech magnate to megaphilanthropist, his foundation’s recent moves into social media have been fun to watch. First, he and his foundation set up Twitter accounts and just this week, as @IdealistNYC reports, they launched a blog to share their latest efforts. Gates’ first post is about productivity and sustainability – take a look. For more on his philosophy, check out our post on the Top 5 graduation speeches for changemakers.
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