Ellen’s selfie at the Oscars, which was crammed with other celebrities, was retweet three million times! Samsung, the maker of the phone with which the now-famous selfie was taken, is donating $3 million dollars to charity in honor of all the publicity. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society of the United States will each receive $1.5 million.
In an interesting cross over between public health and social media, researchers are using Twitter to locate HIV outbreaks. The research team says, “This study provides the first set of evidence for how real-time social media data might be used for extracting, detecting, and remote monitoring of health-related attitudes and behaviors.” Awesome!
Facebook is looking to go social – beyond networking – and bring education software and the Internet to developing countries. The social networking giant announced they’ve teamed up with Ivy League educators to bring the experiment to Rwanda.
Who doesn’t remember Kony 2012? The video that launched the campaign drew millions of views and millions in donations to help former child soldiers of the LRA (among other programs). Here’s an update of what Invisible Children, the organization behind the campaign, has accomplished over the last two years.
The Grameen Foundation recently released this report about how mobile financial services are affecting lower-income women in developing countries. If you’re engaged in poverty alleviation – or simply interested in innovative solutions to poverty – this is a great read.