First, let me say that I am well aware that businesses and organizations need to keep up with modern technology and methods of communications in the ever-changing world of social media and digital media outlets. Tools such as Facebook & Twitter have rapidly changed the ways we can communicate with each other as well as the ways we can spread messages and images about various ventures or causes. Tools like these have helped make the world an increasingly smaller place.
That being said, I do not have a personal Facebook account and only recently activated a Twitter account. I was forced to activate this Twitter account in order to sign-up for a party during SXSW this past spring. Unfortunately, the only way they were accepting sign-ups was through 1 of these 2 social media tools. Since Twitter was first demoed during SXSW, I figured it was fitting. Since establishing this account, I have used it twice…..once personally & once professionally. And I imagine I won’t use it much until next year’s SXSW. Updates on where free food & beer are being served are pretty sweet during the 4 day music part of the festival.
I fundamentally disagree with several aspects of personal Facebook & Twitter accounts, but that’s a whole other blog post…..or series of posts. What can I say, I enjoy being the absent child who isn’t always connected. I don’t think I’ll ever be a proponent of Facebook or Twitter, but I do see the benefits they give families staying at the RMH during their children’s treatments. These outlets allow families to keep their friends and family updated on the condition of their kids and serves as a source of support during a very stressful time. For these families, ease of communication and making the world a smaller place can only help them feel more supported, which is exactly what RMHC is here to do.