#Honoring Women Wed – A Case of Grass Roots Movements and Social Media

When I started Honoring Women Wed on Twitter, I didn’t realize I was starting a grass roots movement. I just wanted to honor some of the great women I’ve met through social media. When I realized it was spreading, I had to think about it – does Twitter really need more noise added to the feed?

Sisters everywhere

Well, when people started catching on and others asked what it was about to see if they wanted to catch, I realized that, yes – Twitter could use another bit of noise.

#Honoring Women Wed started March 2010… at least, that’s what Google’s new real time search says:

Women Enjoying #HWW

It’s kind of cool to see how many more women have participated since then. You can move your mouse over the chart Google shows you and see how the trend started. What makes me grin from ear to ear is how many more women – and, yes, men too – are actually finding value in it. It may not be tangible value, but it’s a great way of adding to the depth of your connections.

Grass root movement

When I first started #Honoring Women Wed, I wanted to see if I could do something “special” that no one else was doing. Although it would have been nice for it to catch on, I knew in my heart that it didn’t matter; it was something I enjoyed doing. Just like the Tops SEO women post. I got so much flack for that & did I care? No… HWW was simply my way of saying thanks and engaging the women I’d spoken to throughout the week.

Sisterhood has no barriers

Being social is odd to some people . Maybe it’s the way they were raised; I don’t know, but as an only child, I really had no desire to be social. I was perfectly content playing with all my imaginary friends or no one, I was never bored. As an adult I slowly realized that being social is an invigorating, magical, experience that comes natural to some. Have you noticed how some women are reserved until you know them better? On the Internet what I have noticed about women is they are more social. Our virtual presence has no shape or color, it becomes about engagement, and friendships. All reservations, melt away.

Would I dare call this a grass root movement? Maybe not but what’s happening cannot be ignored. That’s the power of social media – solidarity. Think about it, you are adding complete strangers, following/promoting leaders on social networks. Why? Have they added to your day? Here’s a secret,  It can be anything for anyone  there is no right or wrong answer.

I’m a huge social butterfly – at least in my own mind and online. I knew 140 characters would never be enough to say thanks for being a great mentor, listener, communicator, follower… It’s amazing how much you can really learn from 140 characters. As a matter of fact its comments like this Francsesca_Me#Honoring WW is a brilliant idea you had. I love it! Only an overachiever like you could create it! Thanks, from the heart. :*” That gives me the biggest kick.

Are these women my best friends? No, I’m not delusional, but I do enjoy the special friendships I’m forging with a few of them. We’ve even started a small group of women that help each other out. You may even ask is it a waste of time? Or who has the time? I assure you, it takes nothing away from my daily routine. #Honoring Women Wed is not for everyone, I get it. That’s okay, who would want to participate in things that takes nothing but a moment of thought, a small grin, a little wave, a quick hug to all those that help, share, laugh or cry with you.

Sisterhood has no barriers

If you are already online why not add value to not only yourself but to the women you admire, respect and want to recommend to other women along the way. Maybe it’s my way of being a feminist and hampering all the negative press I keep reading about how women are not “technologically” inclined. Like Why We Don’t Need More Women In Tech… Yet . Excuse me but Wtf does that mean? Just because I don’t know code or write C++ does that mean I am not into technology?  Or just because I don’t work for some fortune 100-500 companies make me Un-technologically committed? Not a chance. I love technology; women everywhere are embracing it in their own way. Mothers, teachers, sisters and daughters are sharing and engaging with each other and yes, I have added my special little something that women and Google cannot ignore.

About Gabriella Sannino

International SEO consultant is my title...but who cares about those? What I love is, writing about marketing, social, SEO, relevance, ruffling feathers and starting revolutions. What you read on this blog, will hopefully inspire you to continue the conversation. When I'm not multitasking around Level343 I sneak away and go sailing. I'm crazy about pistachios, and of course Nutella.

Comments

  1. Gabriella,

    I love this post. And the intention behind #HWW. And your big heart. And your even bigger brain. And, but for this “virtual world” I would not know you. And that, my friend, is unthinkable.

    Thank you for a fantastic read, concepting and implementing AND following through with a wonderful tradition. And yes, the sisterhood freakin’ rocks. Always has. Always will.

    Mwah to you, my bellissima friend.

    Shelly
    @shellykramer
    http://v3im.com

  2. It sounds like it must be a fantastic thing to be behind – and wouldn’t work as well without the women-breaking-seriously-into-tech that’s going on at the moment. Well done for starting such a lovely movement.

  3. Juli Schlie says:

    I love your mind. Since I’ve met you my mind has expanded, sometimes under your direct supervision and sometimes just from the trickle down effect. All of my contacts with you have been good and I’ve learned a lot about who I am through watching who you are. Thank you , Gabriella, for giving us you.

  4. Wow! Julie… that’s very sweet. How long have we known each other? It seems like a lifetime. Thank you so much my dear friend. I know this may sound “queer” but it’s women like you with wonderful responses/support/guidance/energy/laughs/smiles that make all of my efforts worth while. I was just talking to a friend the other day & we were reminiscing about the good old days. The days when we were all in chat and had a wonderful support group of women. I do miss it and it’s those times that have made me embrace the “new” social networks. Almost like old times :* and you have been there every step of the way.

  5. Hello Mike, It’s (women in technology) one of those time sensitive topics. I almost didn’t write the post thinking “will this be of value to any of my readers in a few years?” Sometimes separating personal rants with valuable information become blurry. But I will admit posting this will help explain the why and what of this “Grass Roots Movement”. Will it be around in a few years? Will it be news for anyone? Who knows…it may become a bad reality TV show ;) lolol

  6. I’m glad you explained the intention behind Honoring Women Wednesday. I thought it was another #FF that soon drove me away from certain tweeps. I’ll take more care to click through to each woman to learn more about their unique voice. When we honor one, we honor all.

  7. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read this post. I’ve been wondering about womens’ reactions, to tell you the truth. I know that, sometimes, they have no clue why I’ve included them.

    Between you and me, it can be kind of time consuming, because I scroll back a few days and pull all the new women that have participated in promoting each other. Not that I mind: the positive, pleasurable aspect for me is that I’ve been able to provide support and engage with some pretty amazing, talented women.

    We have 140 characters to work with, and it’s definitely a challenge. I encourage women to include their own list, but I fear the message gets lost. Thanks for your opinion, Nicolette.

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