Saturday, October 15, 2011

I'm a Belieber!

Okay, I need to admit I will have very little understanding of some of what you are about to read in this post, but the lowdown is that thanks to your comments and enthusiasm after reading Margaret's sweet, poignant "grocery list" last week, I'm now starting to believe there will be a chance my little girl will get to meet Justin Bieber!

Why? Well, you have emailed Ellen, you have called in favors to your brother's ex-girlfriend's college roommate's mom. You have tweeted. No stone is left unturned!

You have pulled together to put a smile on Margaret's face, and I have to believe that something great will come of it.

Here's the thing. I don't tweet. I don't even understand it. I tried to understand it for about 5 seconds before doing what I usually do-- throw up my hands and ask my sister to figure it out for me. I may only be 18 months younger, but I know how to be the youngest child.

Then, I asked her to try to explain it in simple terms for me (and anyone else out there who might be a tad technologically challenged).

Those who are seasoned tweeters can laugh at my cluelessness-- laugh away as long as your tweeting fingers are moving! If you have any tweeting advice, like about hash tags (?) and key words (?) please let us know in the comments.

So, without further adieu, here's my sister:

How to Tweet:
Go to www.twitter.com and create an account. You do not have to use your real name. If you have a business account and want to create another just for this fun project, that is also easy to do.

Once you have created your account, use the search button (like a magnifying glass) to find the following people to follow. Click the person, then “follow.” You can also start from one of my tweets and click on the other names to follow from there. Easy peasy.

@JBLiftMargaret (our semi-official, Go Margaret identity)
@justinbieber (the real person!)
@scooterbraun (his manager)
@studiomama (his mom)
@bieberarmy (huge fan club)
@theellenshow (Ellen does lots of fun things like this to help people)
@tumblegrom (family friend)
@tumblegrommom (the brains behind this operation)

Unless you have followers, no one will see your tweets. SOOOO, tweet directly to the people above by starting your tweet with “@justinbieber” or whoever you want to have see the message. Please also include “@JBLiftMargaret” in your tweet to tie them all together (see Heather’s tweet below). You only get 140 characters so sometimes it is a challenge to get the size down. I have tinyurls for some links to the blog (Yes, I found out how to do that, too! See above) and the Fairfax Times article (Thanks, Heather! See below) that you can copy, or you can just re-tweet (RT) our posts. To do that, click the little thing that looks like recycle arrows. Except square. And only two arrows.

Heather's sample tweet: @justinbieber please hlp ease Margarets pain, her bro Jack was killed in a flood last month tinyurl.com/3gkdc2 She<3s U! @JBLiftMargaret

I included the link to Margaret’s shopping list in most of my tweets. Every time I read it I long with all my heart to give her what she really wants, Jack.

Since we can’t do that, let’s try to do this. Justin Bieber gets tons of requests on his time, so it will really take an OVERWHELMING amount of attention for this to happen. I think we can do it.

In the meantime, I am just thankful for something to d
o.-- Auntie

67 comments:

Cindy said...

Tweeting for Margaret! Love you all!

Pam Priester said...

Oh! Invaluable! Clueless wonder over here on Tweeting! Will re-tweet correctly this time ... don't think I did it right the first time....try, try again....for Margaret!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I signed up for twitter last week just for this purpose! Didn't know what the He** I was doing, but I was determined to help do SOMETHING to put a smile on your daughter's face! We've never met, probably never will, but I'll tweet again and again and again!

Anonymous said...

I also wrote to Anderson Cooper on Margaret's behalf so if you get a phone call....

Lexilooo said...

I've been tweeting about this, thanks to Big Piece of Cake, and I will blog next week too! So hoping for you all!

Jessica said...

I just tweeted!

The White Farmhouse said...

I don't know how to tweet, but I am going to learn! Now off to Twitter! Good Luck Margaret!

Varda said...

I'm a major Twit (even wrote a post about it) & I just copied your message in & tweeted it out. Good luck with all this. I once wrote a twitter tutorial for a friend (in tweets, no less) I'll see if i can unearth it for you.

60 toes said...

I don't really get twitter either, but I am going to learn for Margaret.

Kim Elkins said...

Oh, baby, I can tweet!! And I have followers, and I can get lots of retweets....I am so on this.

The Mommy Therapy said...

I just wrote a post about Justin Bieber. I was helping him make chili, because I do absurd things like that. I now I feel like my time definitely could have been put to better use by telling him to come meet Margaret.

I'll get to tweeting!

Julie said...

I emailed The Ellen Show last week with this request and will be pleased to continue the efforts via twitter. Maybe we should all include our twitter names so we can follow each other and RT (retweeting for you newbies!) to our own followers? Maybe dreams do come true?

Julie
Twitter: @jmcguire5

Anonymous said...

I swore I'd never be a tweeter... Never Say Never. No pun intended...

Here goes nothing! My fingers and toes are crossed for Margaret!!!

Law Momma said...

I'm doing all I can! I've included @selenagomez on my tweets, because sometimes, boys will do anything for the women they love.

Meredith Self said...

Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. (like a bird)

Will share with folks, too. Xo

Cheryl said...

Still don't get it. :-/
But I will try to learn...
xoxo

OSMA said...

I tweeted it before and I'll do it again until The Biebs sees us! Lets gooooooo, Margaretarmy ((Margaret's fan base.)! xoxoxo

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I hope this is hugely successful! Tweet, tweet!

Kara said...

I'll be tweeting and asking all of my tweeting friends to tweet. That's gonna be a whole lot of tweeting.

smilinjo said...

awesome...I wrote to Ellen and found his manager on Twitter but then didn't know how to fit what I needed to say in such a small space. I'll just copy and paste your sister's comment! Look out Bieber Tweeps....we are a force to be reckoned with! Praying for you all and yes, I am even praying that your beautiful Margaret gets this wish! God listens to ALL prayers so why not?!

Burdine Family said...

Sent my first tweet for Margaret today!! Always in my prayers

Karrots said...

I'm glad I checked this today :) I've let Krissy (age 10, Margaret's bff) get a twitter too. I know it has helped her because she feels like she is really doing something for Margaret!! Please follow her as well... itweet4wtrmelon. She has been a tweeting machine!! I wasnt sure we would get the hang of it so quickly...but its easy!! Retweet jbliftmargaret tweets...so easy! Love you Anna, Margaret and Tim...praying w/o ceasing & tweeting like madwomen :)

Lady Jennie said...

Wow. I never thought I would tweet/write to Justin Bieber. I think the heaves just moved. :-)

Lady Jennie said...

Ah. That was meant to be heavens. ;-)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

This is great Anna! I'm sure there are people who would love to help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the Twitter thing. Your sister is wonderful.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

P.S. Are you going to ask all of your church contacts to get involved? It's a big network...a lot of voices there.

January Galaxy said...

I belieb with you!! :D

luv2run said...

I'm IN!!!!!!

This totally overwhelmes me, anything technology, anything that requires me to think and follow directions! But this is my goal for today....screw house work!!!!! What's a little dust!

I will be tweeting queen, once i get this down!

luv2run

Nicole said...

The tinyURL isn't working for me. What's the actual web page you want it to go to and I'll make sure it tweets from my account properly?

luv2run said...

what the heck!!!!

I created an account, hit follows! How do I get my message up there? I see everyone elses!!!

HELP!! Will check back here to find answer!

luv2run

SORRY TECHNO CHALLANGED!!!!!

luv2run said...

GOT IT.....GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!!!

Tweeting away!!!!

GO MARGARET GO!!!!

We got your back friend!!!

luv2run

Michelle DeRusha said...

Will tweet this for Margaret! And just want to say, too, that I think about you and pray for all 3 of you every day. With love...Michelle

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Going over to tweet and I did write to Ellen last week. ((HUGS))

zcan said...

I learned how to tweet for Margaret. Hoping and praying that we can all make this happen. xoxo

Rebecca said...

Done and done again!!! I tweeted the Today Show too @todayshow...who knows, it might work. :)

ella said...

I started a twitter account several months ago for roller derby stuff, and then promptly forgot about it. I just posted my very first tweets!

I *do* believe in magic (or miracles or whatever you want to call it) and wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this happens for Margaret. LET'S DO THIS!!

The Empress said...

I have RT'd this out (re tweeted) but I STRONGLY feel that twitter is as good as prozac.

Not even kidding.

I think you'd love it.

A friend is always just a millisecond away.

Kim Elkins said...

I know we are all tweeting away at Mr. Bieber, but thought it might be fun to do one other thing. If we all could have ourselves, friends, family, whoever, post photos of themselves on twitter holding a "lift Margaret" sign or note, and mark it with the #liftmargaret hashtag, so it could possibly trend on twitter.Pictures from all over the country/world. How cool for her to see how people from everywhere are thinking of her, and trying to make her wish come true. I have a friends in Africa and LA that could get the ball rolling.
Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

Ok..second email sent to Ellen just now....don't know if you thought of this...but go with me..."twitter"...."tweet'...bird noise.....Jack!

purejoy said...

Have been tweeting all afternoon, and I had to laugh when I was in church. 32 tweets with @JBLiftMargaret burned up my phone. I am praying this works. Lovely picture of you two on this post. Rock on!

4suns4me said...

I don't have many followers but im still tweeting for margaret!

Ann Imig said...

I'm such a Belieber than I'm just waiting for Klout to tell me I'm influential about Justin Bieber.

Sheri James said...

I have never felt any motivation to send a tweet until reading your blog this weekend. I am so hopeful that the right person will see these messages and bring a smile to Margaret. And for those of us so wanting to do something - anything - to help your family - this is a great assignment. Proud to be a member of Margaret's Twitter Army!

Paula said...

LOVE the #liftmargaret idea - LOVE. try to mention Beiber in every tweet. I work in this social media world and I use Hootsuite, which I'm sure his folks do too - any time his name is mentioned they will see it. So even if you're not tweeting directly to him include that name! Also, if @JBliftmargaret can let us know where JB is in the world - maybe we can make it more personal. "Hope South America is amazing. When you get back #liftmargaret #justinbeiber @JBliftmargaret" Thanks for sharing Margaret's wish with us, Anna.

Donna said...

Have been and will continue to tweet, from all 3 of my twitter accounts (one for my business, one for a community festival I volunteer with and, of course, my personal one). :-)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I tweeted, retweeted and shared it on Facebook.

Clare said...

I've been tweeting for Margaret all day and will continue to do so every day until she meets Justin. I'm a belieber!!

Clare said...

I wrote a blog post about Tweeting for Margaret! It's here if you want to read it - http://worriesandwisdom.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/tweet-for-margaret/

xoxo

the mama bird diaries said...

I've tweeted! xo

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I sent a tweet to Justin Bieber. I can't believe I did that. :) Whatever makes Margaret feel better, I am all for it.

J Cimino said...

Ive never tweeted before, but I just did for Margaret! OW!

Vegan Eden said...

There is something divine about this very blog........

And Margaret WILL meet Justin...
The little bird on your home page told me so...

I did email Ellen every single day so far, now I will
also focus my intensity in tweets

Your strength and dignity are astounding.

Anonymous said...

So THAT'S how it works? Sheesh. Thanks for the tutorial!

"I'm a Belieber" is funny. But now I have that song stuck in my head.

love,
jbhat

IrishEyes said...

My sister-in-law is an Academy Award winning actress and she's in on it too. She's "making calls." I also wrote to Ellen, tweeted Ellen, tweeted Bieber in the middle of the night while he was tweeting! I also set up a facebook group page with really NO idea how to do it.

See if this works:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Margaret-Meet-Justin-Bieber/261431330567174

I hope this works!

Pam Priester said...

God is amazing and through Him, you are too, Anna. It is a gift to read this. Thank you for sharing. Continuing to send love and prayers....

PeachPrenni said...

I am a Belieber too! Just feel like something is gonna happen with this. Thanks for the Tweet directions too; very helpful. I'm gonna Tweet Ellen now. ;)

tenthousandplaces.org said...

Been doing lots of tweeting and retweeting for Margaret the past couple of days. Hope it works!

Jessica

Ria said...

Other people linked with Bieber
@SeanKingston
@UsherRaymondIV
@selenagomez

Another fan twitterer:
@ItsJustinsCrew

Ria said...

Also, his record labels:

@IslandRecords
@DefJamRBMG

The Carens Clan said...

Okay hopefully I did it correctly! Something good is going to come of this, I just know it!!!! ;)

Kristin said...

A friend of mine left me the following message today and I'm keeping my fingers crossed:

Hi Kristin ~
I apologize for not sending out e-mails until this morning but I've contacted 2 people who are well connected in Hollywood and 2 people that are managers for recording artists in the music industry. Fingers crossed that one of these contacts may be able to help Margaret's wish come true!
Sincerely ~
Amy

The Woven Moments said...

It's gonna happen! I have faith!!

Lori Reale said...

I haven't been on your blog in a couple of weeks, but will tell you that the moment I read that list, I made it my mission in life for Margaret to meet Justin Bieber. I have called every celebrity photographer I know (I work for a photography magazine), written to Ellen Degeneres(was very randomly on her show once and feel like we are pals, not really, but I can pretend) and am starting an NBC campaign through some people I know since he will be on the Today show in November. If I can help in some way to do this one thing to bring your family some Joy, I will bend over backwards to make it happen! Fingers crossed!

Sar said...

I tweeted to each famous person/mom/agent tonight and I'll continue to do it!

Lori Reale said...

Anna,

I just found out through a friend that works at NBC that I can get two tickets for Margaret and you to at least go to the Justin Beiber concert at the Today Show. Is this something you might be interested in? If so, just write me at lorireale@mac.com and I can give you details. I tried really hard for a personal meeting, but for some reason they are being sticklers on this dumb Halloween costume contest requirement. But, maybe you could continue the tweeting campaign letting him know you would be there and something could happen. I'm also still exploring some other connections I have for a meeting.

Anyway, let me know if you would like to go!

All the best,
Lori

Kristin @ What She Said said...

For Margaret and Margaret alone, I'm a Belieber. We can do this. :)

P.S. I held out on Twitter for the longest time. I've been on it since January and I still don't always get it.

CIndy S said...

All over this. It is GOING to happen, I know it. How can we contact you if (when?) something comes through?