Getting my Geek on for a worthy cause.


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Diana, Sam, and I received approval for our first Thunderclap yesterday afternoon.

If you don’t know what Thunderclap is: it’s a crowd-speaking platform that allows a group of people to send out a scheduled Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr message all at the same time. It is a way for a few people to get together and speak to thousands. If you think that sounds cool, I have an explainer for you.

Our first project is to support an Indiegogo campaign for a movie Sam is trying to get through post-production and have distributed. It is a feature-length documentary about the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi. The Elvi are a New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe who do tons of charity work that helps a lot of people.

I thought long and hard about setting this Thunderclap up, and about using our blogs to promote it. The timing could be better.

Over the weekend, I decided to go for it. I think getting this documentary to distribution would not only be good for Sam and his crew, it would be good for New Orleans and for the people who need the help of the organizations the Elvi support. The Indiegogo campaign runs out in 10 days, so we just can’t afford to wait any longer.

I believe that if enough people learn about this movie, Sam will find the support he needs to get it distributed. The Thunderclap is designed to bring it to the attention of as many people as possible before the Indiegogo deadline runs out.

We need to find 100 supporters in the next 8 days to have our message sent out. As I write this, we already have 12.

I know allowing a third party to post to social media on your behalf gives a lot of people pause — and it should. But Thunderclap’s terms of service are strict, and I feel safe using it.

If you are inclined to support this project, or just want to know more about the awesome Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, you can find our project page here.

Diana and I discovered Thunderclap a couple of months ago, took one look, and decided we wanted to learn how to use it. We are interested in connecting with other people who are already using it, or who are interested in exploring its possibilities, and working with them to support worthy projects. Drop us a line if that sounds fun to you.