How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man with a hashtag #FindDancingMan

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man with a hashtag #FindDancingMan

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Sometimes when I browse my social media timeline I shake my head in disbelief as I watch the world going south and there is no longer any hope for humanity. Stories like our 4th highest paid president and his R230 million home-improvement-project who is doing a bang-up job in our country, or story about Vuyo Mvoko getting muggd in full view of the rolling camera.

Stop this ride. I want to get off.

I then saw a a story about a man who was hunted down by 2000 woman. Here we go. What has he done ?

#FindDancingman

This  picture was posted online on 4Chan which is an image-based bulletin board along with the caption “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man

The image clearly shows a highly embarrassed man who was just bullied into stopping…

A Twitter user Cassandra Fairbanks started a Twitter campaign to try to find this guy and tweeted this tweet to her followers:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man

A hashtag #FindDancingMan started trending as Twitter users joined in the search and within a couple of days this twitter account was created Dancing Man Found.

Cassandra issued this invitation:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

Of course the Dancing Man accepted and is due to fly in to Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks and the trip wont cost him anything as a Go Fund Me page was created to raise money for this massive Dance Party and associated expenses.  At the time of posting this, 2258 people have donated $40 089 smashing the initial target of $20 000. Messages flooded the site with personal stories and offers of support and encouragement.

But Twitter-vese wasn’t done. As these tweets started to pour in too and the party venue and travel expenses are also fully covered:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

But wait there is more – check out he celebs who are getting in on the action too. Pharrell Williams has offered to DJ the party for free and posted this message:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

Other celebs also tweeted:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

And what does Dancing Man have to say about all of this:

How twitter was used by thousands to hunt down this man #FindDancingMan

 

UPDATE 24 May 2015: All’s well that ends well ! Dancing Man got his huge party and danced the night away – check out the full info on : http://mashable.com/2015/05/24/dancing-man-hollywood-party/

Thanks Tanya for the link 🙂

Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev - TheTechieGuy

Liron Segev is an award-winning tech blogger, YouTube strategist, and Podcaster. He helps brands tell their stories in an engaging way that non-techies can relate to. He also drinks way too much coffee! @Liron_Segev on Twitter

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