I honestly dreaded this assignment because my social media presence is…well…less than impressive. I have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Google+, you name it, but I simply cannot be bothered to post and update these platforms on a regular basis. For example, I have had my Twitter account since January 2010 and there are about 4 posts. INCREDIBLE, right?! With this in mind, I was concerned that whomever I contacted would pay little me any attention due to my measly online persona. But I was wrong!!
I Tweeted at my top choice, Cole Ledford, and got a response within 4 minutes. So, I am kind of a big deal now guys. For those of you who do not know, Cole is a human rights and LGBT+ activist, and general crusader for all things good. What is especially interesting about Cole is that he is changing the world through social media. He became a viral sensation overnight after being the victim of a violent hate crime for kissing his boyfriend goodnight in public. He has since built his brand, using it to promote social justice, equality and acceptance- an inspiration to many, including myself.
I Tweeted Cole seeking advice for creating and maintaining a digital persona for activism, all while staying true to your personal identity. This was not easy to do within 130 characters…another flaw I have not addressed in my own social media usage. His response was short, probably less than 130 characters if I had to guess, but was powerful. He suggested that people will respond well to honest, genuine people, so always be true to yourself and work for what you believe. You can see the Tweets, including my response below. Needless to say, I am pretty impressed with the power to connect with idols or haters, whatever your choice, on Twitter and may be using it again in the future.