You no doubt heard the facebook cartoon profile pic news this weekend. Change your profile pic to a cartoon character to help protect our children. Show your support against violence against children.
And, it was fun. Remembering all those cartoon characters from our childhood. I scanned down my friends’ profile pics and saw some that I had forgotten all about! Like Poochie- the dog with the pink ears. The adorable Shirttales. Familiar ones like the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Then there were ones that left me scratching my head, wondering who on earth those characters were.
Then, started the rumors that this is all a scam. But, it’s just in fun. Plus, if it get people talking, I don’t see the harm.
It’s hardly the first time that something like this has spread across facebook.
Remember last year’s support of the fight against breast cancer? “Pink” you’d see. Or “red.” Or more commonly “white” or black.” The occasional “none” or racy “leopard.”
Women were posting the color of their bras to get everyone talking. Did it really have much to do with fighting breast cancer? Hardly.
But, anything that gets people talking about a cause, especially in a positive way, brings about awareness and can be a good thing.
We saw it again this fall when women were using “on the stairs” or “on the counter” or “anywhere I can” as their statuses. Once again, in support of the fight against breast cancer. This time, talking about where they left their purses.
Again, bringing awareness.
So, whether you think any of these facebook trends is a scam or not, it really doesn’t matter. They all certainly got people talking about worthy causes. The trick will be if anyone actually does anything useful as a result of all the chatter.