Facebook users looking to back causes with efforts similar to the hugely successful and viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge now have a vehicle for doing so, as online platform JusTagMe launched on Facebook globally.
Social-media giving campaign “The Give Back” gave back, as Publishers Clearing House delivered a check for $200,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital following the fourth year of the initiative.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation last month to aid the fight against the Ebola virus, and the social network announced Thursday that it is joining the fight with three related initiatives — offering an easy way for users to donate to the cause, teaming up with UNICEF to provide information and working with NetHope to connect medical and aid workers in affected regions.
Warning! Zombies are continuing to dominate our popular culture. And, beyond The Walking Dead or Ebola chatter, the apocalypse has infected Facebook, as evidenced by recent images of your friends (and strangers) in barely reanimated states attacking your News Feeds. Happy Halloween? Not quite. It’s another way you’re about to get tagged into participating in an event — and you’ll probably do so against your will, like someone suffering an infectious bite. #WakeUpSelfies are headed your way!
For the fourth consecutive year, Publishers Clearing House launched its “The Give Back” social media giving campaign as part of its relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but this time around, there’s a new twist: Rather than voting on which charities will receive charitable donations, St. Jude is guaranteed $150,000, and Facebook users who like the PCH page can add up to $50,000 to that total by playing games.
More than $100 million in charitable donations have been generated during the past 12 months due to the integration of Facebook by JustGiving, Rosalind Holley, the social giving platform’s head of brand, wrote in a guest post for the Facebook Media blog.
Shaq’s back: Retired National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O’Neal will once again be Shaq-a-Claus as part of the #PlayItForward Challenge from retail giant Toys “R” Us, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Areas where Facebook has data centers – Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C. — have received community action grants from the social network, and Altoona, Iowa, is next up, as the social network announced in a post on its Altoona Data Center page that the deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 15.
The Ebola epidemic has been at the top of the news in recent weeks, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation now has $25 million more in its coffers to fight the deadly disease, courtesy of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.