Facebook is perhaps the most popular social networking site offered by the internet today. Being an active user of this social network as a device for communication for academic-related purposes, it is indeed a helpful medium for students after school hours. A student can make a group only for his or her classmates in a class and they are the only ones who can have access with the discussions or posts in that specific group. This online extension for class discussions is beneficial for a lot of students in finishing their reports, presentations or assignments for the next meetings in class.
Even after graduation, the people who use these Facebook groups can still catch up with each other’s lives through posts, status updates, personal messages and uploaded photos. People can reach out and help one another when there is crisis arising. The thing with Facebook is that it is definitely cheap and accessible to anyone anywhere. Hence, it tends to be a popular device for communicating people who are far apart from each other.
According to the study “Building Stronger Ties with Alumni through Facebook to Increase Volunteerism and Charitable Giving”, the use of social networking sites, especially Facebook is essential for alumni to extend their services to their Alma mater even after graduation. It has something to do with their emotional attachment to the school where they have graduated from and the frequency of their communication with one another. By this, the strong and very close bonds created within the four corners of the classroom do not end merely there. It is undeniable that once you have a well-built bond with the people you spent with at school, you cannot let go of them that easily. You would still try your best to catch up with each other even if there are some instances that do not permit you to do so. They can lend a hand to their Alma mater with communicating through Facebook. This help is not limited only to donations but they can also give out scholarships to the present students in the school, giving solicitations for their activities and even give out actual service on the actual activity. They can even expand their resources to their other connections that can help make the project become more successful.
I am a witness of how these Facebook groups unite alumni or members of the community to stretch out their resources for their Alma mater. There are times when the alumni would plan everything online for an upcoming event for the school. They would tally all the things that need to be accomplished, all the donations that have to be made and all the reservations that have to be settled. Basically, they put down all the information needed online since meeting up personally tends to be such a hassle since everyone is busy with their work or home doings. If they are not busy, geographical factors would trigger immediate meetings. Though things are all settled online, they are still able to pull off the activity successfully. They also stay tuned online for updates about other matters that are needed to be worked on. This is perhaps their own way of giving back to their Alma mater now that they have reached a financially-stable lifestyle years after graduation.
To wrap it up, these social networking sites are definitely useful not only for entertainment purposes but also for service-oriented purposes. Just imagine all the people who are connected on Facebook to promote a sense of volunteerism not only to their Alma mater but extended towards the whole community. This may perhaps be an action of online bayanihan. If this would push through, just imagine… What an ideal society that would be, right?