After Hours: Service Through Facebook

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?

17 thoughts on “After Hours: Service Through Facebook

  1. Actually, what we are doing in our own group can be considered a “service throughout Facebook”. That is a great term to describe it: “online bayanihan”. Hahaha

  2. Out of all the positive things that FB or the FB phenomenon offered, I think this one is one of the most important. It’s also very convenient as compared to sending letters, for example, when asking for donations and stuffs. Also, it also “ignites” the initiative of the alumni to help their Alma Mater just by seeing or browsing through the current snapshots of the school. 🙂

  3. This is exactly one of the reasons why our batch is still able to remain intact. We still keep up with each other’s lives! Yihee. ❤

  4. Facebook is much more. Had you enumerated few of the thousands of cases of lost people being found just because of mere sharing through Facebook, or stories of random kindness, 1share=1prayer, this article would’ve been a hit. You focused solely on low-end examples of Facebook being a tool for bayanihan, and neglected thousands of better ways. It’s too general, and got boring because it doesn’t identify with the masses. Your article doesn’t try, even a little, to touch people’s hearts. Had you featured the story of the Crying Cop, people would’ve been head over heels just to read your article. Anyway, Facebook is, indeed, a wonderful thing. Entertainment, learning, communication-wise. It even gets even farther.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Mister. Those instances, too, are indeed noteworthy as parts of Facebook’s benefits to mankind nowadays. What I have posted here is merely associated to the study,“Building Stronger Ties with Alumni through Facebook to Increase Volunteerism and Charitable Giving”, hence, I focused directly on the advantage of Facebook in bridging the gap between batch mates to get a grip of what’s happening to their Alma Mater and maybe lend a hand if ever they have the resources to do so. You can go and check out the article for yourself.. Yet, thank you very much still. 🙂

  5. I know right! Facebook is great. It’s really good we have Facebook. Facebook keeps on creating new heroes, fit for your so-called “ideal society”. Plus, Facebook is just a boot-a-computer away.

  6. Facebook groups are a useful tools to create bonds and maintain relationships with your fellow alumni. Even if not all volunteer projects are planned online, constant interaction might encourage the alumni to start one.

  7. indeed that is true…. facebook is not just limited in one function alone, it is actually a multi-functional social media, the power of discovering its potentials lie in our hands, after discovering, what we just need to do is to make the most out of it, using it for a greater cost.

  8. These are the reasons why I learned to love social media, especially Facebook. It strengthens our values towards volunteerism and paying back to our Alma Mater. It has the potential to bond people. 🙂

  9. This is the perfect time where we branch out the uses of Facebook. Now it is not just for social networking anymore for we can actually give back; we can actually make a difference. And I do hope that in the coming years this trend continues.

  10. I agree that social networks have a positive impact on students’ lives. In my time the hottest thing was email and we were all crazy about being able to talk with classmates about anything at all. Facebook is like email on steroids, with the added convenience of accessibility and ease of use.

    On the flip side, however, the convenience of Facebook can make one very active in the virtual world and the complete opposite in the real world. At the end of the day, Facebook should be considered simply as a tool to enhance social ties, not replace it.

    Thanks for the awesome read. Keep it up!

  11. I agree. These social networking sites are very helpful in almost all aspects. As to what I’ve observed today, I think it became a requirement to have Facebook to keep us updated in school works or other social activities even news updates.

    Thumbs up for the blog. 😀

  12. Social media has started to have negative connotations, often linked to invasion of privacy and deemed a nest of shallow thoughts. However, the perspective you are pointing out is quite agreeable. The “networking” part of social networking is often undervalued. It has become an essential part in the communication and mobilization of a group. 🙂

  13. Well, social networking does provide a good output for awareness as such is shown through your daily wall and news feed in facebook or even the tweets that are spread on twitter. And yes they are extremely convenient yet there is always room for exploitation. Online bayanihan is an extremely awesome idea but let us just keep in mind that not everyone thinks the same way. This is the Internet after all, everything could be one big hoax making you think you are helping.

  14. I agree, facebook and other social networking sites play a big role in keeping people in touch. It is a venue for your thoughts and causes but we must never forget that it is just a medium of communication. If we want to do good and strive for the better we must interact with eachother and the masses. 🙂

    Good start Naj but next time don’t be afraid to go hardline. Always remember who you are writing for 🙂

  15. Facebook is indeed one way to communicate to people, to catch up with friends and all that. Learning doesn’t necessarily have to be in the four corners of the wall and Facebook is a medium to enhance those learnings. Interactions in groups through Facebook makes it possible to further learn. Also, this online bayanihan is a great idea to help the community. 🙂

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