Last week, one of my high school friends, who happens to be on my Facebook list, posted this on her status– “Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec. 6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. (FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD VIOLENCE).” Immediately after, I saw updates from my other friends changing their profile pictures into cartoons. Since there’s no harm on doing it, and to help raise awareness, I decided to do the same. I chose my favorite cartoon characters from “Josie and the Pussycats.” Aside from the main character bearing the same name as my nickname, I did enjoy this show when I was a child.
Then, I updated my status, not exactly as how the original poster stated, but in this manner– ” OK, changed my profile picture to my favorite childhood cartoon character (my namesake–Josie and the Pussycats) to support a campaign against child abuse and violence toward children. In my opinion, the best ways to support the cause are through volunteer work and donations. But, this may help too, who knows? I might keep it for a while…I miss this show :) “
Immediately, a bunch of my friends followed suit in changing their profile picture to their favorite childhood cartoon characters. My daughter, changed hers, too, and then, her friends and their friends’ friends. This morning, I saw my wall plastered with cartoon faces of my friends who updated their profile pictures.
Curious, I decided to investigate, where and when did this latest Facebook hype started? I found a link that leads to another Facebook page, which is a public event entitled “Choose a Cartoon Character as Your Profile Picture for a Week” Week held Sunday, November 21 at 1:00pm – November 28 at 1:00pm. That event had passed, but many are still changing their profile pictures. The number of people changing their profile pictures is staggering and, it seems to multiply like a bacteria.
I tried digging further and yielded more Facebook pages with events stating a similar message. I also tried searching online and ended up in forums asking the same thing. Many forums are even giving instructions on how to change a profile picture into a cartoon profile picture.
Here are some information that may have triggered this latest hype. According to allvoices.com “This campaign will last until December 6 as some indicated. Incidentally it’s also the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada; an anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, where 14 women were murdered because of their gender. The United Nations is also spearheading a 16-day campaign to fight violence against women and children, which started last November 25 and ends in December 10.”
Oh, well…I guess the real identity of the origin of this message will remain a mystery for now. In the meantime, although it may not end the problem of violence against children, I do believe this latest Facebook hype is another testament to the power of social networking. When one person starts something, it can become viral. So, join along and help raise awareness, you’ve got nothing to lose, except your human profile picture!