Feel The Vibe: SocialVibe.com Empowers Libby’s H*O*P*E* To Raise Money For Cancer Research

Today, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ added a new widget to the homepage right sidebar.  The widget, provided by SocialVibe.com, allows our sponsor, the TNT Network, to make donations to Stand Up To Cancer, which is our supported cause.  Here’s how it works.  For each visitor who comes to our website and clicks on the widget to interact with the TNT Network brand, TNT makes a donation on our behalf directly to Stand Up To Cancer.  Better yet, it’s all free to Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ and our visitors.  It provides you, the visitor, with a way to support cancer research without having to make an actual cash donation.

Today, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ added a new widget to the homepage right sidebar.  The widget, provided by SocialVibe.com, allows our sponsor, the TNT Network, to make donations to Stand Up To Cancer, which is our supported cause.  Here’s how it works.  For each visitor who comes to our website and clicks on the widget to interact with the TNT Network brand, TNT makes a donation on our behalf directly to Stand Up To Cancer.  Better yet, it’s all free to Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ and our visitors.  It provides you, the visitor, with a way to support cancer research without having to make an actual cash donation. Please note that Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ does not receive any monetary benefit from SocialVibe or TNT for displaying the widget.

Upon clicking our SocialVibe widget, you will be asked to answer the question “Who’s Your Hero,” and you will be able to view upcoming previews from TNT’s new television series entitled HawthoRNe, which stars Jada Pinkett Smith. Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer, who leads a group of dedicated nurses at the fictional Richmond Trinity Hospital.  Hawthorne is the kind of nurse that you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and does not let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart.

I chose TNT as the initial Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ sponsor because both of my sisters are dedicated nurses who have spent many years caring for patients being treated in various hospital departments such as the emergency room, operating room, and intensive care unit.

We will change the sponsor from time to time so that our visitors can interact with different brands periodically.  We hope that you enjoy interacting with the SocialVibe.com widget while raising money for cancer research.

Do You Twitter? Tell Libby’s H*O*P*E* What You’re Doing!

Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ recently added a feed from its Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/libbyshope) to the homepage left sidebar.  I know what you are thinking.  What in the heck is Twitter?

Twitter is a social networking  service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (known as “tweets”), which are text-based messages that cannot exceed 140 characters. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). In addition, users can receive message updates via the Twitter website, mobile phone, Blackberry, etc.  It’s easy!  Set up a Twitter account and choose to follow “libbyshope.”  At this point, you will receive all Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ weblog updates no matter where you are located. You can perform a general search on the Twitter website for any topic (e.g., “cancer”) and you will find organizations and individuals who share your interest in that topic.

Twitter also allows you to send messages of 140 characters or less to Libby’s H*O*P*E*™.  In those messages, you can add web links to relevant news or medical articles and even include pictures. If you attend a cancer conference,  local hometown educational seminar or a fundraising event, you can send us brief comments (and pictures) directly from those events in real time.  Or, if you just feel like telling us how you are doing, that’s ok too!  Twitter allows cancer survivors to stay in touch with one through the communication of  valuable information and advice.

Currently, we are streaming Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ outbound twitter messages to our weblog (left homepage sidebar), but if the interest is high enough, we will stream all messages received and sent by Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ on the weblog.  By way of example, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ is currently following the American Cancer Society, Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR), Cure Magazine, Lance Armstrong and several other cancer survivors and advocates.

The addition of Twitter to the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ weblog is simply our way of allowing you to easily follow us regardless of your location.  More importantly, we hope to hear from many of you through this technology in the near future.  We provide below a video that describes “Twitter in plain English” and several additional links that will allow you to better understand Twitter.

Twitter in Plain English

Additional Resources:

  • Applications, Twitter.com. (we use twhirl as a desktop widget).
  • Tiny URL.com (application allows you to shorten any web address for inclusion in a Twitter message, thereby allowing you to minimize usage of the 140 character twitter message limit.

Libby’s H*O*P*E*(tm) Adds New Cancer Video Archive Courtesy of Vodpod.com

Yesterday, Libby’s H*O*P*E* added a new cancer video archive to the weblog courtesy of Vodpod.com.  Currently, the archive contains approximately 90 videos that address many general cancer and ovarian cancer issues, as well as the personal voices of those affected by cancer. The new video archive is located on the homepage right sidebar.  All you have to do is “click and play.”

vodpod-logoYesterday, Libby’s H*O*P*E* added a new cancer video archive to the weblog courtesy of Vodpod.com.  Currently, the archive contains approximately 90 videos that address many general cancer and ovarian cancer issues, as well as the personal voices of those affected by cancer. The new video archive is located on the homepage right sidebar.  All you have to do is “click and play.”  The video arrangement is set to “random order” so that new videos appear on the homepage sidebar each time you visit Libby’s H*O*P*E*.

If you are aware of a general cancer/ovarian cancer video that is educational, heartfelt, inspirational, humorous, poignant, or is simply dedicated to the one you love, please provide us with the URL address of the video.  The URL video address can be sent to us by email (click on the “contact” button located at the top of the homepage), or by comment (post a comment under this post).  Upon receipt of the video URL address, we will add the referenced video to the new archive.  We appreciate your participation in adding to our video archive and hope you find the archive helpful.