I suppose I’m a Facebook snob. I created my profile on Facebook before the time of news feeds, throwing sheep or giving gifts of lipstick and penguins. The clean appearance of the profile appealed to me then.
I’ve been wary of the superwalls, graffiti and bumper stickers that are tacked on to chaotic profiles now. I diffidently adopt applications that align with my interests – like the causes application or the “Where Have I Been” travel map. I’m shamelessly careful not to clutter my page, even voting applications, groups and profile information off to maintain order.
Last month I received a Facebook gift from one of my favorite non-profit bloggers, Beth. It was a tiny pink and green gift box and in it, a donation to the organization of her choice. With each gift you buy with this Changing The Present application, you can make a donation to any of the non-profits that have teamed up with the application. I scoured the organizations to return the gift to Beth and introduce it to other friends of mine.
The application introduced me to Freedom from Hunger, a non-profit I donated to by presenting little pink and green facebook gift boxes to ten of my friends. So today, there is a box on my profile that displays the first gift I received from Beth. In my news feed, where I normally hastily delete any activity to minimize that box as much as possible, I have retained the information about my own Changing the Present gift giving so anyone who stumbles across my profile may find this gift – one that I find far more distinctive and meaningful than animated teddy bears and balloons.
This Christmas, my family and friends made donations to Freedom from Hunger in my name. My parents sponsored a program that allows 378 young mothers in a 3rd world country to be educated so they can help guide their daughters into a better life. The card that accompanied their donation and thanked me for my support was nestled under the tree in a large sage green box with a deep pink bow wrapped around it. Apparently, tiny colorful boxes on Facebook can lead to life-size change.