A Little Help from My Facebook Friends

May 27, 2010  |  Facebook

“I can’t believe the power of social media!”  Those are the words of Jenn Marsh of Thamesville, Ontario, Canada.  Why can’t she believe it?  Because she turned to Facebook for baby name ideas for her sixth child, and within a day and a half had 500 suggestions.  F-i-v-e   H-u-n-d-r-e-d.  “I know people say Facebook is negative and invasive,” the veteran mom adds, “but I used it in a positive and good way.”  Okay gang, let’s put our thinking caps on here… Hop in, and we’ll go for a social media spin around the block… (More…)

A little brainstorming is in order here.  If Jenn Marsh can actually get 500 suggestions for a baby name on Facebook in a day and a half, what could we accomplish in the same amount of time that might, oh, I don’t know… change the world?

I’m going to conduct a Facebook experiment… Call me a “sociologist for a day” if you like.  Follow me as I ask my 100 or so Facebook friends to come up with ONE idea that could change the world and make it a better place for all of us to live in.  The only ground rule is that it has to be a serious idea… no jokin’ around.

It’s a little more weighty than a baby name… And it could dish up more surprises than you might expect.  Stay tuned.  ;-)

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2 Comments


  1. You make a great point, Lee. No doubt Facebook was designed to be fun… But think of the power that lies within it. 400 million plus users. Seems to me that someone with a creative mind and the right approach could actually harness it for something more than the perfect baby name. It’s a bit like taking a Ferrari for a spin around the block instead of letting it do what it might have the power to out on the open road. Just an idea from the cheap seats. ;-) In the meantime, thanks very much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the blog! Great to hear from you.

  2. I’m thinking there are no comments to this particular blog because Facebook was not developed “to change the world”. People use Facebook to keep in touch with friends, old and new alike. Facebook is an escape…nothing more, nothing less. Facebook is fun, it is not intended for anything but. We all have enough on our collective plates to worry about using Facebook for anything but silliness. If people want to “save the world” there are far more legitimate avenues to follow.
    Mark Zucker has never claimed that Facebook was developed as a tool to “make a difference”. Everyone needs to understand that Facebook was developed as a fun place, a place to escape when the struggles of day to day living become a burden.

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