Not Just a Bunch of Ones and Zeroes

No pillows or pie throwing for me
No pillows or pie throwing for me

photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

I have so far stayed away from the whole flashmob meme with its pillow fights, shaving cream pie fights, and zombie gatherings. It’s just not my bag, baby.

I’m not a complete social Luddite, however, and last night I went to my first Tweetup at Polk Gulch’s SNOB. A sizeable group of Twitter followers gathered to help out a friend of ours, Julianne, in her fundraising efforts for the Hope Runs event she has signed on to complete. Next January she will set out to run seven full marathons, on seven continents, in seven days-the 777 Hope Runs Challenge-with the, “goal of bringing fundraising and awareness to the AIDS orphans of East Africa.” So, while you and I will be trying to stay true to our 2010 New Year’s resolutions, Julianne will be hopping around the globe, enduring seven marathons in seven weeks as part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Traveling the world running marathons sounds exciting, but I’m going to leave that task to Julianne and her fellow Hope Runners. I am happy and intrigued, however, to translate a lot of digital correspondence in the social media world, to actual people. If Twitter can be used to get a group together to enjoy good wine and mellow jazz music all in the name of helping a friend raise money for a good cause, that is my bag, baby.

For more information and to follow Julianne’s progress, click here, to visit her blog. While you’re there, why not support her efforts? Even if it’s a small amount, every little bit counts.

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