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#1178866 - Mon Oct 23 2017 04:22 PM The power of social media
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Like so many people, I am a member of Facebook and belong to a number of local groups including one which is Good or Bad Jersey Businesses which people use to moan, or praise businesses locally. It is slightly strange but can, at times, be amusing.

A few weeks ago there was a thread started by a student in Boston, Mass, USA who said that he had belonged to the group for about four years, he had no idea how he got into the group but the few times he has tried to leave he seems to get added again so he stayed and lurked. He said that he wasn't sure where in the world we were but knows where not to have a car serviced!

He was immediately inundated with replies with people showing him where on the map we are situated. Then people were jokingly saying that he should go here, and there and then it got to you are just going to have to come here to see it for yourself. Then it took off, an hotelier said that if he made it over then they would provide free hotel accommodation, other businesses made offers of meals, beer and more. Then it got more serious and a crowd funding page was started by the hotelier to raise the money for the fares for this man and his girlfriend.

They have offers of jetskis, a dolphin watch boat trip, 'beauty' treatments, cakes, jam and chocolates, more meals, a rental car and much much more.

He has been featured in our local newspaper and today he was interviewed by ITV channel News so was on television here!

So for an innocent post on Facebook they have a free trip to Jersey in the Spring. You couldn't make it up. smile

Edited to add that the money was raised within less than two weeks.


Edited by sue943 (Mon Oct 23 2017 04:25 PM)
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#1178888 - Mon Oct 23 2017 06:26 PM Re: The power of social media
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But has he agreed to visit?

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#1178918 - Tue Oct 24 2017 01:24 AM Re: The power of social media
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This is so great, and typical of the Channel Islanders, especially Jersey. Please keep us posted about his trip!
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#1178921 - Tue Oct 24 2017 02:41 AM Re: The power of social media
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Originally Posted By: MiraJane
But has he agreed to visit?


Oh yes, he agreed before the funding page was set up. Would many people turn down such an opportunity? He is looking forward to it, then why not, it is a free holiday staying in a four star hotel for him and his girlfriend.
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#1178928 - Tue Oct 24 2017 05:35 AM Re: The power of social media
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What a lovely story, Sue!
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#1178929 - Tue Oct 24 2017 05:39 AM Re: The power of social media
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Even one of our politicians has chipped in a few pounds to bring him over. It is all good fun. Naturally there are a few moaners who feel that the money ought to be given to local charities but for me anyway, I give to charities and the money that I have given towards this isn't out of money earmarked for giving away, it is on top of that.
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#1178935 - Tue Oct 24 2017 06:07 AM Re: The power of social media
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What a great positive story. We see so much about the trolls on social media, it's good to see the genuine and friendly side too.
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#1178945 - Tue Oct 24 2017 08:46 AM Re: The power of social media
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This is a fun story of the man adopted by 'Old' Jersey smile

I also want to know all the details of his trip there. And see the group picture of him, his girlfriend, and all the people on the Facebook group.

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#1179093 - Wed Oct 25 2017 10:11 PM Re: The power of social media
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That's what the internet's ultimately about. Where else would someone flying home to Nigeria from Switzerland changing at Heathrow would make a 15 mile trip from there to see someone (me) he met on Funtrivia forums? Friendships can now extend around the world.
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#1180416 - Mon Nov 06 2017 09:49 PM Re: The power of social media
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Awesome!
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#1181272 - Wed Nov 15 2017 10:42 AM Re: The power of social media
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That is an awesome story. I recently learned the power of the internet myself.
I have been in the hospital for 8 weeks and will be for quite awhile yet.
I mentioned how drab the room was so my wife made a FB post and a tweet asking for postcard, cards, or photos. No gifts no money.

Between us we have about 150 FB friends. I have received over 500 cards so far. From all 10 provinces (I am Canadian) 20 states and 5 continents...no South America or Antarctica).

Ten different grade school classes have sent me drawings from each student. I have received 3 page letters and paintings. The outpouring has been humbling.
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#1181274 - Wed Nov 15 2017 10:56 AM Re: The power of social media
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How lovely.
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#1181537 - Fri Nov 17 2017 02:01 PM Re: The power of social media
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That makes me feel better about the constant requests for cards or letters etc from people that I feel are sometimes not true. I guess they are!

get better soon!

I got cards and letters from Funtrivia friends after my surgery. It was really great.
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#1182602 - Wed Nov 29 2017 03:29 AM Re: The power of social media
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I know what you mean Heather. When I had my stroke and then discovered that I had a raging infection inside my heart the support I received from Funtrivia members was amazing, masses of cards, flowers and gifts too. I still have the teddy bear sent to me by our dear Roos who so sadly lost his fight with cancer not many years afterwards.
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#1182953 - Fri Dec 01 2017 12:42 PM Re: The power of social media
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I know I am a less frequent visitor than I used to be to the forums ( blush ) but my "Fun Trivia family" got me through some of the darkest days I'd known when my dear Dad died, now over twelve years ago, with the support of messages, cards and flowers. Social media is a marvellous thing at times!
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#1183056 - Sat Dec 02 2017 03:52 AM Re: The power of social media
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It doesn't seem like twelve years Jane.
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#1185543 - Mon Dec 25 2017 02:53 AM Re: The power of social media
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Seems like a good thread just to say the power of Social Media has helped me (and my dear Mum!) make a ton of new friends, the first of which is my "Funtrivia Family". I've been a member of the Forums on and off for almost 14 years now, and the forums hold a special place in my heart. All of you were a massive help to the family, when my dear Dad died. I may not visit as regularly as I used to but I wish each and every Funtrivia member (and their families!) a Happy Christmas - and for those who do not celebrate Christmas, good wishes too smile xxx


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#1185547 - Mon Dec 25 2017 04:38 AM Re: The power of social media
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A very happy christmas to you and your family Jane, and indeed to all my FT friends from through the years.
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#1188645 - Tue Jan 30 2018 02:28 AM Re: The power of social media
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Just poking my head in - again smile - to say the power of the internet means I've been a member of the Forums for 14 years today - with the "quizzing side" a little longer smile I may not post as often as I used to do, but regularly check the forums and keep in touch wiht my "Funtrivia family"! smile
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#1188663 - Tue Jan 30 2018 08:17 AM Re: The power of social media
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Happy anniversary Jane
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#1189080 - Sun Feb 04 2018 03:49 AM Re: The power of social media
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Happy Funtrivia-versary, JM!
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#1190191 - Sun Feb 18 2018 03:11 PM Re: The power of social media
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And yesterday was my 18th birthday here.
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#1190230 - Mon Feb 19 2018 03:22 AM Re: The power of social media
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Time flies
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#1194200 - Fri Apr 06 2018 07:56 AM Re: The power of social media
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Joe and his girlfriend, Amanda, are arriving in just over a week. I had been intending to be at the airport to greet him, along with many others, but unfortunately I will not be arriving home until the following day.

There are some events planned so that people can meet them but as they are 'social' occasions it would be difficult as a singleton, drinks in pubs (including the one which featured so often in Bergerac) and also a meal in a restaurant.
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#1194295 - Fri Apr 06 2018 11:55 PM Re: The power of social media
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Oh great, Sue. I hope you will let us know how he got on.
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