Millions of people have changed their Facebook profile pictures from their everyday face to that of a Smurfette, Underdog of Scooby Doo. It was a case of both a mix of nostalgia for the cartoons of yore and as a stand against child abuse. But who started the whole viral movement who was the one who made countless people change their on line avatars? Here’s the news…The big anti-child abuse organizations aren’t taking claim for starting the movement. And no one has come out online or on the news saying they were the brains behind the whole thing. So who is the culprit? One site said that the whole thing actually started on on Nov. 16 when the “unofficial Facebook Cartoon Profile Picture Week” began and it may have actually been started in Cyprus and Greece.
And then someone took on the project on Facebook starting a page that said:
“Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood andinvite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec 6) there shouldbe no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is acampaign to stop violence against children.”
And there are almost 90,000 people have liked the Facebook page.
But in both those cases there is no reference to it being started as a peadofile ploy. To most it really does seem just a way to bring attention to a cause in a fun and casual way.
Do you think someone will be coming out laying claim to starting the whole thing soon? Their own animated 15 minutes?