My Dad follows me on Twitter

Things you should know: I love using Twitter, I only read blogs to get recipes, and my dad has a Snapchat (and an Instagram, and a Twitter) which immediately makes me rethink everything I put on social media even at age 28. And to be fair, he was my first follower on my new twitter handle for class so if @elmstdad starts tweeting at you…you’re welcome?

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All joking aside, I have been wanting to take this class throughout my time in the MBA program. Professor Kane is widely discussed among my peers when talk of faculty occurs, and he lived up to the “first class” hype that scares students away. Additionally, I graduated with a degree in Communication and have found myself trying new media and tech as an fast follower, and think the changing landscape is fascinating.

And then there is my career as a fundraiser. Which has nothing to do with tech because we sit wildly in the past.

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I work in Boston College’s development office, which for non-higher education folks, that means that I raise money for the University through conversations with alumni, parents, and friends. I am that phone call during dinner, that mailer you threw in the recycling, and the topic of many an annoyed Facebook post on “how can they not realize that I’m still paying loans for the next 100 years!”.

It’s okay. I’ve accepted my fate as a soap-box-advocate for philanthropy. But as it relates to emerging technology? We sit firmly in the “If it ain’t’ broke, don’t fix it” camp. We’ve made strides. But our giving websites are barely mobile friendly, we jumped on the Giving Tuesday bandwagon two years ago, we struggle to accept credit card gifts at events so don’t even ask about Square, Venmo, ApplePay, and any other new tech.

So what am I hoping for with this class? To take all of the knowledge on emerging tech, and show the industry I’m in what we can do with it. I’m excited to present next week on Crowdfunding Philanthropy, because we all know you’ve seen and ignored those Go Fund Me pages for your friend’s neighbor’s sister’s dog who needs medicine for his dog acne. And from there, hopefully I can convince those around me that there’s nothing wrong with trying something new, and blame it’s failure on Millennials.

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Lastly, I’m super interested to see how my work ethic pulls out on a course that needs consistent attention to the deliverables, and not just some reading and intense studying in May. I like the idea, but is anyone else feeling like it’s a true test of my commitment to my education?

8 comments

  1. Hello Murphycobc! Although I am an undergrad, even I am curious to see how my work ethic will show during this course. If I grow passionate about the course, I hope the blog posts, tweets, comments, etc. will come naturally and excitedly. So far, so good, but only time will tell if I will pass the this “test of my commitment to my education,” as you mentioned!

  2. Murphycobc, I think your reasons for taking this class and using the new found skills and advantages to help you in your profession is very admirable. I completely agreed with the fearful impression of the first day with Professor Kane. I’m interested to see if it does help gain more donations. I think it will because the graduating classes from here on out will turn to social media for information about how to donate. Good luck!

  3. I think you’re in the right place! Looking forward to your presentation.

  4. Your title really drew me in here. I made the mistake of helping my dad make an Instagram and now I have to be very careful with the pictures I post and the captions I use. I am very interested in hearing your presentation next week. I think that when in the right context/spirit, crowdfunding can be a great tool that helps bring communities together. I usually blow past GoFundMe pages, but maybe you’ll be able to convince me otherwise!

  5. Hey Murphycobc, interesting headline definitely helped drag me in! I’m curious to see your presentation crowd funding via social media, because as you mention GoFundMe’s seem to be filling up my pages recently and while some seem quite legit, there are way too many where it seems to me as just a cop out for money. Wonder if you know if there’s a more legitimate website or way to even legitimize what exactly the GoFund me is for? (Making sure it’s going to the cause it describes, etc.)

    1. We will definitely be hearings about the legicimacy of the campaigns…hard to know where that money is going right?

  6. Murphycobc, it’s so cool the tangible connection you see between the class and your job, and I think you must have great perspective and personal experience on the frustrations and difficulties with implementing or using technology in the workplace. I am also super excited for your presentation on Crowdfunding Philanthropy because I think this is something we have all been exposed to but may not know the inner workings of, and I am interested to hear about where you and the industry see it going.

  7. Murphycobc, like a few of the other commenters mentioned, it was the title that got my attention. It has been 6 years of my friends ignoring my dad on twitter, but his is insistent that he is the “Cool Twitter Dad”. Last year, I ran the Boston Marathon for a charity, and used a CrowdRise page for my fundraising. People were very willing to help, but I think there is a bit of a disconnect on social media in the sense that plenty of people were eager to share my page, but a surprisingly small number of those people followed up with a donation (sounds like I’m throwing my friends under the bus a bit… I guess thats because I am). Hopefully we find a way to change peoples mentality. Sharing is great. Donating is better!

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