If you ever thought, "I'd like to help somebody out, but I just don't know where to begin," this web upstart might be for you.
You may have heard of Shaun King. The entrepreneur's social media endeavors have raised more than $5 million to date. He's drawn more than 100 million pageviews. He's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on Ellen, and now the WGN News at Five.
His latest project is called HopeMob. Here's how it's described on the site....
"Unlike other platforms that focus on hundreds of small issues, HopeMob simply tells one story at a time and focuses all of our collective energy on this one cause. Using STORY POINTS, you can help boost a story up through our cause queue until it becomes our one and only FEATURED STORY with a HUGE international audience. That is when the MOB swarms the cause with HOPE!"
What kind of stories? Let's say a family loses their house in a fire - HopeMob could feature it, which could lead to enough people getting resources together to make a difference in the family's life.
King hopes to launch the site by March, 2012. Like many other hopeful projects, he's using Kickstart.com to raise funds to get it going. You can click on over to HopeMob.com and see what it's all about.
I'll post our interview with King here after tonight's WGN News at Five.
If you know anybody else who is using the internet to make a difference in the world, or have a favorite site for charitable endeavors, let me know about it. You can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment below.