It began with Twitter. And a hashtag. I flirt with Twitter. I am not a great tweeter but I do like to dabble (@wildsidejam if you are interested). On one such dabbling, I noticed Cancer Research were running a campaign. What did cancer mean to me right now? Or #CancerRightNow. So I told them. I had just done a collage of different head looks. I thought they might like it. They did. Quite a lot.
My original tweet got their attention and landed in the #CancerRightNow gallery. Which is a bit like the Vision On Gallery. Only without the music. Or Tony Hart. I then had some lovely email correspondence asking if they could further use my photo and information on other social media platforms. Being the shy, retiring type, I hesitated for about five seconds before agreeing. So last Monday I was the subject of Cancer Research UK’s twitter feed, resulting in 185 likes and 44 retweets.
Then on Saturday we did it all again, this time on Facebook:
Somewhat shockingly, that has resulted in 1.4k likes, 116 comments and 70 shares to date. In under 24 hours. Which is the closest thing to going viral I am ever likely to get.
There is a possibility that the world of Instagram may be hit by my mug shots this coming Thursday. You have been warned.
That Cancer Research wanted to use me is rather flattering. That so many people took time to comment, like, share or retweet is also rather lovely. I hope it helps to raise awareness for the splendid work that Cancer Research do. Other than that, I am not really sure what to make of my 2 minutes of fame.