For some, Social Media can be somewhat of a frivolous thing - a total waste of time. For others, it would seem like life without Twitter, Facebook and Instagram would fail to even, um exist. Yet for others, Social Media is a valuable source of information and can be used for marketing and even raising funds.
Take Vidal Chastanet for instance; a 13-year-old Saint Lucian living in New York, whose story has gone viral. Hey, even President Barack Obama, who is said to be somewhat of a Social Media buff, wanted to meet the guy. As the story goes, Vidal Chastanet was featured in a popular blog and Facebook page, Humans of New York, which seems to have caught the attention of everyone. The story unfolded several weeks ago when Vidal’s photo appeared on Humans of New York where he talked to the blog’s creator, Brandon Stanton – at the time a mere stranger – about principal Nadia Lopez, who influenced him the most, and what she taught him at Mott Hall Bridges Academy.
“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.” The photo went viral, garnering more than one million likes and shares on Social Media.
The White House invited the teenager, the blog’s creator, and the school’s principal to meet with United States President Barack Obama to share their story. That historic meeting took place Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in the Oval Office, the official office of the US president in the White House. Which only goes to show: a little blogging and facebooking might not be so bad after all.