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Messenger Launches New Initiative to Celebrate the Work of Influential Teachers and Educators


Facebook Messenger has launched a new initiative to celebrate the work of teachers, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Day, which is coming up on May 4th. 

Teachers, as Facebook notes, have faced an increasingly difficult task over the past year, working to re-configure their processes into online learning, while also adapting and developing knowledge of whole new systems themselves, in order to facilitate COVID-impacted requirements.

That’s turned their entire lesson plans on their head – while teachers have also had to maintain care for individual students via video länkar, and establish connection with parents in all new ways.

Now, Facebook’s giving users a chance to recognize those efforts.

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“Messenger Rooms is working with Say It Now, an organization that helps people conduct “Living Tributes” honoring those who have impacted their lives the most. The mutual goal is to encourage people all over to set up Virtual Living Tributes for the teachers that have made a difference in their lives.”  

Facebook Say it Now

Essentially, Facebook is calling on users to create tributes for teachers who have had an impact on their life through Messenger Rooms, where you can gather current and former students to share their respect.

“The group video call can be scheduled in advance and created directly in Messenger or Facebook. Anyone can join via the link, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms hold up to 50 people with no time limit, so the tribute doesn’t need to be rushed and can include a small or large group.”

Say it Now is essentially providing support and advice in this context, with a range of steps that users can take to create a meaningful, and impactful, personal tribute: 

  1. Identify the teacher – Once you’ve identified the teacher you would like to honor with a Virtual Living Tribute, reach out to them to ask if they would be comfortable with being honored. Say it Now has a template to reach out to them. 
  2. Reach out to potential participants – Reach out to others who may have been impacted by the teacher and lock in the core group participating. Say it Now has a template to reach out to them, too.
  3. Schedule the Virtual Living Tribute – Scheduling a Messenger Room for a future date and time is easy.  You can do this directly in Messenger or Facebook. 
  4. Share the Details – Send the Rooms link, date, and time to those participating. Anyone can join via the link, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. 
  5. Conduct the tribute – This part is fun. Visit the Say it Now website for inspiration and ideas.

​So really, it’s all about utilizing Messenger Rooms, with Say it Now offering advice and guidance, based on its experience, to help users run the best teacher tribute they can.

Again, given the impacts of the past year, it’s a good initiative, and it could see more people taking a moment to consider how teachers and mentors have influenced their lives, and how that’s helped them improve, and reach better outcomes.

Say it Now says that, while one-on-one expressions of gratitude are incredibly meaningful, ‘group gratitude is a uniquely powerful experience for the person being celebrated’. Which is no real surprise, but still, it underlines the potential value of Messenger rooms as a vehicle for such, which could be a good prompt to encourage participation.

It could also be a prompt to get more people discussing teachers and their impacts, which may further relate to your marketing plans.



Parler meddelar att det har avslutat sitt förvärvsavtal med Kanye West


Kanye West is Buying Conservative Social Media Platform Parler to Voice His Unfiltered Opinions

Kanye West will not follow in Elon Musk’s footsteps and buy his own social media platform, with Parler confirming today that it has ended negotiations with West on a possible sale of the app.

The reasoning behind the decision is not clear, but West has continued to share his controversial opinions in various media opportunities of late, which has resulted in him losing a range of sponsor and partnership deals, and has decimated his net worth.

Axios has rapporterad that West’s financial situation, as a result of these impacts, has played at least some role in the dissolution of the Parler deal.

West originally announced his intention to acquire Parler back in October, saying at the time that he needed to buy his own platform in order to share his unfiltered opinions with the world.

"People had talked about it and mentioned this idea for years, but enough was enough.”

In the weeks leading up to that announcement, West had been suspended from both Instagram and Twitter efter deliberately pushing his limits on both by sharing offensive, anti-Semitic remarks. That then led West to Parler, and with Elon Musk moving to take over at Twitter, West saw an opportunity to also play a part in what he saw as a broader shift towards allowing more free and open speech.

But now, West is moving on – though he will continue with his 2024 Presidential run, apparently.

West has also seemingly pinned his hopes on Musk for a future reformation of social media moderation rules.

At least, I think that’s what this means.

The announcement leaves Parler in a less than certain predicament, as it continues its efforts to develop a more sustainable business model in order to maintain operation as a free speech platform.

In the wake of the Capitol Riots, Parler was almost killed off entirely when both Apple and Google removed the app from their respective stores due its lax moderation policies, which they said had allowed too many posts that encouraged violence and crime. Amazon then also refused to host Parler on its web-hosting service due to repeated violations of its rules.

Parler was eventually able to save itself by rolling out additional moderation rules, in alignment with the requirements of each platform, which subsequently caused a level of angst among its core user base. Parler has since been found to be censoring certain posts, and removing certain users, which has prompted further criticism of the app, and with Elon taking over at Twitter, and promising a more open approach to what can be shared via tweet, it seems like Parler’s days could indeed be numbered, especially if Musk is able to implement a significant change in Twitter’s approach.

Which will also be challenging. Just as Parler had to change its moderation approach in line with app store policies, Twitter will also have to maintain its processes on the same, which could impede Musk’s push to enable more free and open speech in the app.

Elon’s looking to challenge this, but again, there will always be a level of moderation required, which will likely always exceed what free speech advocates would prefer, given evolving rules in Europe and other regions.

And for Kanye, it seems like his ambitions for owning his own social platform are now shelved, at least for the time being.


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