I'm not much of a Facebook type. Don't have a Twitter account. Don't blog. I often think that people spend too much of their time with all of this.
But I just experienced a wonderful example of what's good about it. To begin with, my wife is in stage 5 kidney failure. She's had a transplanted kidney for an amazing 25 years. The don't usually go more then 10. Looks like she'll be starting dialysis. We're going to try doing it at home so she doesn't have to go and spend three days a week in the hospital.
My son hears all of this, and goes on facebook. The reaction has been incredible. He did it last night and, already, five people have offered to donate. Scores of people have jumped in offering to help and it's been shared no less than 65 times by the time we went to bed, last night. I don't think she'll be on dialysis very long. A lot of people die waiting for a doner. She's not going to be one of them!
So, while some definately abuse it, social media can certainly be a positive, and in this case, life saving instrument.
"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace."
Astronaut William C. McCool RIP, January 29, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia