Charity And Narcissism

Social media is a great tool for sharing moments with your friends and loved ones and has catapulted international communication to a level never seen before. It has also raised the profile of many worthy causes such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease with the Ice Bucket Challenge which has seen the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association increase the size of its donations from $2.7m to $98.2m within just a year.

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But where is the line between genuinely caring about a worthy cause and promoting yourself through social media? Did Michelle Keegan really wear make-up for her #nomakeupselfie? Is the #nomakeupselfie just trivializing breast cancer?

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Before/After #NoMakeupSelfie

Some people argue that despite all the controversy surrounding online viral fundraising campaigns, the end goal of raising money is still achieved and organisations benefiting from the influx of donations such as ALSA and Cancer Research can go on to do a better job with the cash that they have raised.

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However, one of the main worries for non-profit organisations is that interest in these causes is just a flash in the pan and donations will start to falter once again. Post-#nomakeupselfie and #ALSicebucketchallenge, charities are still fighting to survive another day.

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So what can we do? Take action. Do something about it. It’s easy to set up a ShareAGift page and invite friends to donate. Take a look at the stories and testimonials from past fundraisers that have proven to be huge successes from Jamey and Willow to name just a few. Here at ShareAGift, we believe that no cause is too small. You can easily collect funds online and share your worthy cause.

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15 Shocking Social Media Stats!

Today marks the sixth-annual official Social Media Day! Social media is now an integral part of many of our lives, did you know that 40% of mobile phone owners use a social networking site on their phone! That’s a staggering statistic! Especially when you consider that there are more people in the world that own a cell phone than a toothbrush! Take a look through our list of 15 shocking social media stats and find out just how big social media has gotten!

1 – The +1 button is hit at least 5 billion times per day!

2 – As of last year 189 million of Facebook’s users are mobile only!

3 – 71.2% of the US are on Facebook!

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4 – People are spending 1 out of every 7 online minutes on Facebook!

5 – 9,100 tweets go out every second!

6 – 243,055.5 photos are uploaded to Facebook every minute!

7 – There are 1 billion likes daily on Instagram!

8 – 44% of users on Twitter have never sent a Tweet!

9 – 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute!

10 – Approximately 20 million Twitter accounts are fake!

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11 – Thailand alone has 1.5 million Instagram users!

12 – 80% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter!

13 – YouTube receives over 1 billion unique visitors a month, approximately 1/7th of the world population!

14 – Every second 2 new members join LinkedIn!

15 – 210,000 years of music have been played on Facebook!

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Stats from Serach Engine Journal, Social Times, Instagram, Huffingtonpost and 60 Second Marketer.

Essentially we use social media to interact and share information with others, whether that is in the form of a status update, a photo or a video. At Shareagift we have taken this one step further and have created a platform where users can raise cash together for anything, from a shared wedding gift to a charitable cause that’s close to your heart.

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