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Americans spend around 23% of their online time on social media sites with two of the most popular sites being Facebook and Twitter. With the majority of our time spent online on social networking sites, why not use that time to share with our family and friends the issues we find interesting and concerning?

Here is how you can use your social media platforms for social good:

  • Follow organizations that you like on your favorite social sites.
  • Follow topics and conversations that are important to you with hashtags on Twitter. (Try #poverty or #hunger.)
  • 'Share' posts that you want others to know about on Facebook. 
  • RT (re-tweet) important information you see on Twitter that you want others to know about. 
  • Start your own conversation on your blog, Facebook page or Twitter hashtag. 
  • Join in on another conversation happening about the topics you're interested in. 
  • Follow other blogs with topics that you're interested in. (www.heifer.org/blog is a great way to start though!)
  • Share videos that you have seen from organizations with your personal social sites. 
  • Tell others what you are interested in to see what information they might have on the topic. 
  • Believe that if we all join in to keep the discussions about hunger and poverty going, that it will make a difference. 

If you haven't already, check out Heifer on: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, and Flickr.

Author

Maegan Clark

Maegan Clark loves social media even more than Southern sweet tea. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. Since working at Heifer, she has deepened her appreciation for the urgency with which we must end global hunger and poverty.