First GratiTuesday Dedicated to Danny Brown

5409_260574020353_666785353_8566672_1825726_sIn honor of my first #GratiTuesday post, I want to say thank you and show appreciation for Danny     Brown (@dannybrown), the first person who welcomed me into the Twitter community.

Danny, the driving force behind the thriving #12for12k community, inspires a multitude of people to give and get involved, and he’s taught me the fundamentals of social media for social good.  He inspired me from our first conversation, and continues to do so with his relentless philanthropic endeavors.

While I was on a deadline around 1 a.m. earlier this year, I, naturally was on Twitter instead, and noticed my Twitter stream flooded with the 12for12k hashtag.  I was curious so I followed the tag, and surfed through the website.  I saw that a friend was also tweeting the hashtag, and felt secure to chip-in for a donation.  I thought for a second about what I could possibly contribute.  It occurred to me that I didn’t really need those new running shoes, and maybe I’d donate the money instead of feeding it back into my overflowing closet.

At 1 a.m. this seemed like a great plan, and allowed me to avoid my writing duties for a few more minutes.  We all hear the cliches about ‘every little bit’ making a difference, and it’s hard to imagine that your dollar changes a life.  But, Danny validated that my donation mattered in a personal thank you, and explained exactly what it meant to him and the charity.  It was at that moment that he created a brand ambassador.

Every week I learn more about social media, public relations, and marketing from Danny’s blog.  It rocks.  Much like Danny himself.

Danny is one to follow.  He engages authentically and genuinely cares about his community.  Also, he understands the power of ‘thank you.’

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  1. Comment by Michael Schechter — December 1, 2009 @ 5:16 am

    Danny was one of the first people who I connected with on Twitter. He was beyond kind and patient with me as I figured my way through the site. He has been a real inspiration and has encouraged me to make sure I also use the time I spend online to give back. You could not find a more fitting candidate for your first GratiTuesday! Great post!

  2. Comment by CTK1 — December 1, 2009 @ 6:08 am

    Danny Brown is a mensch. I met YOU through him and a whole list of other amazing, genuine, beautiful people all through Danny Brown!

    Love the post Nicole :) Keep ’em coming.

  3. Comment by Jason Keath — December 2, 2009 @ 4:10 am

    I have recently added Danny to one of my closely watched Twitter groups and am always glad to see his contributions and content. He is tireless in helping others and promoting a positive vibe online. Definitely worth showing a little gratitude.

    Cheers Danny.

  4. Comment by Danny Brown — December 2, 2009 @ 4:43 am

    Hey there Miss D’Alonzo…

    Okay, I’m a little late to this party, but um… wow. What can I say that doesn’t sound cheesy, or has been said many times before, or just like lip service? I’m really – REALLY – touched by your kind words (and by Michael, Christina and Jason’s above as well).

    The way I look at it is that if I get “recognized” in this way, then it means 12for12k and all the amazing people that support that every day of the year are being recognized too. People like those here; on Twitter, with their funky avatars; on their blogs; on Facebook; on video channels; and anywhere and everywhere they’ve helped turn 12for12k from a little pipe dream into something that has the chance for some serious legs in through 2009, into 2010 and beyond.

    So, sincere thanks, Niki – and keep doing what you’re doing too, because we know that’s amazing stuff and I can’t wait to work with you next year as well :)


    DB. x

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