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Tips on Sharing Facebook Posts & Twitter Tweets

Hey, I figure that sometimes people doing good stuff want me to spread the updates to my networks in social media, starting with Facebook and Twitter.

I tell 'em to email me the links to their posts, and maybe they should do so for all their supporters. Just send us the links with a few words as to what they're talking about.

That means we can click on those links, and that brings up their posts in a browser. From there, we just click on Share or Retweet. Just two clicks, and the original post is sent throughout our networks.

Here's how to send the link to a specific post:

For Facebook:

If you post something to Facebook (I have highlighted the screenshots in orange for the purposes of this blog post):

And want to share that post by way of linking to it directly (vs. clicking the "Share" button), you can click on the  grey time stamp that is located on the post (highlighted in orange below):

and once you click on that, it will take the post to a new window. In this window, you can either copy and paste the URL in the address bar, or right click the time stamp and click "Copy Link Location" from the drop-down menu, and then paste it wherever you'd like:

Copy and paste the link anywhere you want now: Email, blog posts, Pinterest, etc.

For Twitter:

You post a tweet to your profile page and then you click on the tweet from your profile page, click on "Expand":

then click on "Details" which is next to the time stamp in grey:

and it will take you to the individual tweet which you can then either copy and  paste the direct link from the URL (see below), or you can right click the text that says "Embed This Tweet", and there's an option to "Copy Link Location" in the drop-down menu. Both work, so it depends on your preference.

There you go, folks. Now you can share your posts across all networks.

A New Era of Squirrel-Based Activism

So, here's the deal, folks – #Squirrels4Good has been taking over social networks. The good news about this is that the National Wildlife Federation surpassed the $5K mark that I recently promised.

Since everyone is so passionate, and the @NWF has their boots on the ground doing such good work, I want to up the ante $5K more, and give the NWF a total of $10K if we can keep the #squirrels4good going.

Here's a video I did with the NWF to support them, @common_squirrel, and squirrels everywhere:

No matter what we do, no matter what we don't do, the squirrels are here. They're urban survivors. I've been accused of being pretty squirrelly myself, so I can sympathize. If you want to help me help the squirrels out some more, tweet me, keep using the hashtag #Squirrels4Good. I'm still giving $1 per mention on any social network. Use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

Some folks have shared some real good stories. I asked, What is the nuttiest thing you've seen a squirrel do?

  • On Facebook, Claudia Edwards-Houser said, "My son had a young squirrel get into his loft bedroom years ago – and became nearly tame eventually. At night it would get up on a tall set of speakers and play with all his Star Wars action figures. This went on for a very long time. My son wouldn't let his little brother play with them – but, the squirrel was 'ok.'"
  • Laurie Sacramento said, "It was hilarious when they were stealing my neighbor's pomegranates and their faces were dyed dark red. They looked like bloodthirsty monster squirrels."
  • Nolan Milojevich said,  "True story: My girlfriend and I were finishing lunch outside of the Denver Natural History Museum. There were a few squirrels running around and we got the idea to entice one over with a half eaten chocolate bar of hers. So this cute little guy approaches slowly and takes a few sniffs of it. Then it bites down and my girlfriend tries to pull it back when it grabs on will both hands and starts, I kid you not, pulling on this chocolate bar. This startles her, squeals, and lets go of the chocolate bar. The squirrel starts running off with it firmly gripped in its mouth. We both gave chase trying to get it back. To no avail because we coudln't climb trees as fast as it could. It climbed to a safe distance, 20 feet up or so, and ate the entire thing with us watching."
So, if you have any pictures, videos, or stories feel free to share them with #Squirrels4Good.
Keep on squirrelling, folks. This is Craig Newmark and I approve this message.

Follow Me

Guest post by Brett Sheats

Brett SheatsFor the past ninety-four years, the United States Army Infantry School has been located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Thousands of young, freshly shaved heads enter its gates every year to undergo the metamorphosis from patriotic civilian to steely-eyed mayhem machine.

During their time at Fort Benning, each new infantry recruit learns countless skills that will be key to his survival in combat, from accuracy with a rifle and equipment maintenance to small unit tactics. All of these lessons are neatly tied together with one inescapable fact: As infantrymen, when combat comes, all will look to you. This fact is embodied by the simple, judicious motto of the infantry: Follow Me. This phrase, so engrained in the psyche of these warriors, festoons the front gate of Fort Benning. Read more on "Follow Me" »


Hey there, are you feeling squirrelly? Many of you know my love for squirrels and birds. I've decided to team up with @common_squirrel and @NWF to raise money for #Squirrels4Good.

I'm a fan of urban survivors, and for that matter, I've been told I can get a little squirrelly, and more than once. I know other people really have an affinity for squirrels, too.

Here's the deal, for each time someone uses the hashtag, #Squirrels4Good on Twitter or on my Facebook page  or NWF’s facebook page, I'll give $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $5K. I will also donate $1 for each new follower I get over the next couple of weeks.

I've already set up a squirrel board on Pinterest, and so has the National Wildlife Federation. Share any squirrel videos, quotes, or facts that you have, or that you seek out – whether it's squirrels inside of pumpkins, or a squirrel storming the "squirrel-resistant suet palace."

I'm just a nerd who'd really like to see some good squirrel pictures that you have – and maybe even some more chattering videos – on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

(This little guy ended up on my deck.)

We're excited to get started, and can’t wait to see all those squirrels from around the world taking over social media. Let's get squirrelly, folks…

Think You Have the Right to Vote? Not so Much!

Folks, think you have the right to vote? Maybe not so much. I've been working with some good folks focusing on Voter Suppression issues that are happening across the country. There are some bad actors who are trying to pass legislation that will keep eligible people from voting.

What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country. So I asked people smarter than me to help me do what George Washington would have wanted me to do, collect and release the information you're getting from us today.

I worked with the craigconnects team to create an extremely factchecked infographic to show what's been going on. I feel that people in the social sector are starting to work together in more and better ways – the good people at Brennan Center for Justice, League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino have been very helpful with all of their research and surveys. These folks aren't social workers or do gooders, they're just trying to defend Americans and Founding Father values; it's basic patriotism.

Voter Suppression is happening across the U.S. as restrictive voting laws are being both introduced and passed. 164 laws were introduced in states that would restrict U.S. Citizens from voting in the 2012 U.S. Election.

Restrictive voting has taken these forms:

  • Eliminating election-day registration
  • Restricting third-party voter registration activities
  • Reducing the number of days for early voting
  • Legislation requiring photo ID for in-person voting

Restrictions most heavily disenfranchise young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as voters with disabilities. We need to prevent bad legislation from preventing people to vote in the 2012 U.S. election.

Funny enough, though, Protecting the Vote explains that between 2000 and 2007, there have been 32,299 reports of UFO sightings, 352 deaths caused by lightning, and only 9 instances of possible voter impersonation.

Some other important stuff we uncovered:

  • 5 million eligible voters may find it harder to vote in the 2012 U.S. election due to the voter suppression laws.
  • Voter ID laws could cost taxpayers $65.8 million in 4 states: PA, IN, NC, MI. All of these states had huge budget shortfalls in 2011.
  • 34 states introduced legislation requiring voters to show photo ID in order to vote.
  • More than 20 million voting age citizens don't have the type of photo ID required by the state voter ID laws.
  • The people who don't have a government issued photo ID?
      • Aged 65+ = 18%
      • Whites = 8%
      • Latinos = 19%
      • Blacks = 25%
      • Asian-Americans = 20%
  • 3 states passed laws slashing early voting periods by 50%. 1-2 million voters will be affected by the reduction of early voting periods.
  • 15 states introduced legislation that would require proof of citizenship to register and to vote. This will affect 696,000 citizens and potential voters.

Again all of this data has been very seriously factchecked. My gut says that people have always wanted to help others more, but thought they were the exception and there was nothing they could do. Now, on the net you can see that others feel like you do, and that you can get stuff done together. There are a lot of drives and good organizations that you can get involved with. Check out the infographic and the Voter Suppression resources list we put together for some tips on where to get involved.

Awareness and helping to spread the word is a big deal, but understanding a given issue and its complexities is equally important for folks who want to stand up for change.