In just a few weeks Bruce and Sarah Christensen will be owners of a real Facebook application. If anything good comes out of this endeavor, much of it will be due to the kindness of strangers.
And through this process, strangers are becoming friends.
There are thousands of applications on social networking sites, owned by people from a variety of backgrounds.
But, I would guess that not many are run by members of the grandparent generation. Further review would find an even smaller list if it included those who have very little technical background.
Without the assistance of many kind strangers, the online white elephant gift application would never have been possible. Therefore, this kindness deserves to take a front row seat at the party.
The magic of kindness is what is remarkable about the new Social Web. Helpful information from expert bloggers and the sharing attitude of technical thought-leaders have allowed even technical outliers to join this “new media” party.
And it was a party that led to this partnership between kind people and willing entrepreneurs in the first place.
The party started with the Christensen family and grew into what you will see this holiday season on Facebook. But, just because a family can play together, does not mean they can produce an actual Facebook application. It takes skill to make this happen, and Bruce and Sarah do not have all the skills necessary to pull it off.
The Christensen’s skills are; the ability to recognize a need for family connection parties, and some level of creativity. Those skills can only take the project so far. From that foundation must grow a workable application or the party will become a dud. If left to our own devices, I am sure that we would have created an actual white elephant.
That is were the strangers have picked up the ball and have moved the party forward.
I have been so impressed with the kindness and helpfulness that I have found from the social networking and tech community. It has truly been a great exchange of ideas and technical expertise. So it is fitting that this effort is producing an online gift exchange party.
I want to publicly acknowledge all who have assisted in this ongoing process.
Over the next few weeks I will share some of the stories of kindness here on the blog.
But, I wonder who has been kind to you and blessed your individual projects.
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