Twitter is a great place. You get to interact and engage with people from all over the world, hashtags are born, and memes are shared.
Another great and potentially life saving part of Twitter is the ability for news to spread quickly and widely. I was browsing through it as one does on a lazy Sunday afternoon and I saw that there was a fundraising walk happening in Guelph, the city I live in, and decide to join. The Syria to Guelph Solidarity Walk was held to raise awareness and funds for Syrian refugees. Those holding the event aim to sponsor a family by providing a "safe, welcoming home in Guelph." Organizers had participants walk 11 km across the city carrying suitcases and bags. Many families with small children were involved. They planned the route so that it would not form a loop, as refugees don't have the luxury of circling back and returning home. Organizers plan to raise $32,000 and so far they've already raised about $18,000... And that's only from October 1st! Other than their ability to raise funds quickly (their efforts were helped by local newspapers), I was impressed by the organizers themselves who are social workers, refugee advocates, and others who have worked with settlement and immigration services. These guys know what they're doing and will be well equipped to help Syrian refugees settle in to life in a new country. They not only have plans for raising money, but for actually helping out a family after they've arrived.