Twitter is usually used to rant, complain and make funny statements. However in many circumstances it can be used to spread awareness and do good in this new technological world.
Last week, a young man named Macauley Campbell from my hometown Southampton, died in a car crash. Inspired by his love of festivals and music, his girlfriend Fleur began the #MACFEST in order to raise money to create a whole new festival in his honour in Southampton. Within 24hours Fleur managed to raise over £10,000 and had been in contact with celebrities such as Craig David, and Scotty T and GAZ from Geordie Shore who agreed to attend MACFEST.
This story is true testament to the way Twitter can be used for good and to create a sense of ‘community.’ Although Mac was loved by many in Southampton, his story has now been told across the country via Twitter.
MAC FEST” now has nearly 10,000 followers and is continuing to gain following and spread further awareness. They are hoping for the festival to take place this summer and the line-up of acts is continuously getting bigger. His family are receiving more support than ever and Twitter has shown them how truly loved their son was by everyone.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that Twitter can be used to for such inspiring purposes, many use it as a platform to post both offensive and abusive content, and is often a main source for Cyber-bullying.