Donate to Easter Seals Louisiana

Please Consider Donating to Easter Seals Louisiana

Back in the days when Peter Egan was in the medical supply business, by sheer happenstance I came into contact with Easter Seals Louisiana when they contacted me about a product they needed that I had in-stock. They wanted to know if they could buy it, and get it within 24 hours.

Easterseals Louisiana Logo

[TL/DR Version: You can and should donate to Easter Seals Louisiana here: http://es.easterseals.com/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=2381&pxfid=143923]

Once I learned the situation, I told them they could not buy it, but that I would give it to them and would deliver it myself that same day.

They were coordinating the travel, room and board arrangements for a group of disabled guests of a former New Orleans Saints player who was a fan favorite, and was tragically diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) shortly after his playing career had ended. Anyway, he was hosting a group of kids who also had ALS or other debilitating condition(s). One of them required a special sliding bench to get into and out of the bath tub, and that’s how Easter Seals came to know who I was.

They found me online, called and I brought them the bench. I got to spend a good amount of time talking with the ladies who worked there, and they told me in no uncertain terms that the item they needed most was adult diapers/briefs. Upon learning of this, I made it a point to take a carload of them with me every time I made the trip into Covington (I was living out-of-state at the time). They didn’t care about the brand or the size. They were grateful for whatever I brought them.

In getting to know them a little bit I recognized that Easter Seals Louisiana was an elite charity in terms of the work they do and the character of their employees (at least those with whom I’ve had interaction).

While I am no longer in the online retail medical supply business, I do still try to help out this truly worthy and deserving organization to the greatest extent possible. I wish I still had product I could bring them regularly, but unfortunately (or fortunately, however you with to view it), monetary donations are the best I can offer them at this point in time.

Earlier this month, I made an online donation to Easter Seals Louisiana, and set up a donations webpage to make it nice and easy for my friends in real life, friends on social media, followers and readers to donate as well. If everyone within one or more of the aforementioned groups donated just $1, the total amount raised would be close to $10,000.

The donations are tax-deductible, and in all honesty I can’t think of a more worthy cause to whom your donated money should go.

So if you’re reading this and can afford to donate $1, $3, $5 or perhaps even more, please visit the Easter Seals Louisiana donations page and make whatever contribution you can – even if it’s only $1.

Totally.me combines social media activity in one place

Totally.me collects, aggregates social media activity

I came upon a pretty neat site lately that is offering an interesting service. Imagine is all your social media accounts were to be combined into one place — all your Facebook posts, all your tweets, all your pins, all your Google+ shares, all your LinkedIn updates, all your Instagram posts — all published in the same place.

Now imagine if you can combine multiple accounts from these social media outlets into this singular source for all things social… For example, suppose you have a couple of Facebook business or community pages in addition to your personal profile. Imagine if you have a personal Twitter account but also one for your business. Same goes for Pinterest and on down the line… That is in essence what Totally.me is.

Peter Egan's totally.me

To be totally fair, this isn’t entirely a new idea. I remember a nearly identical service being offered by an organization called RebelMouse, which at the time, offered this service free-of-charge, as is the case with Totally.met. RebelMouse has moved on to for-profit endeavors and has a notification that it’s free service was to be discontinued last year sometime, but the two accounts I had set up with it remain active, although the menu of administrative options has been drastically scaled-down to the point not even the account owner can make changes at this point.

If there’s any meaningful difference between the two it lies in how each respective site is coded. Whereas RebelMouse used javascript for pretty much the entire page except for an optional ‘About Me/Us’ box you could affix to the top-left corner of your page. That part was normal html, but all the social content was coded in such a way that search engines could not crawl it. That may well have been by design, I have no idea. What I can say is that the way Totally.me appears to be coded, there will be a log more content on each user’s page that is able to be indexed by search robots, leading at least in theory to more visitors to the site through search engines, if in fact they are indexing the social content on the Totally.met pages and returning them in search results.

One other possibility is that if the pages are crawled, social media could become a valid way of going about getting a web page indexed, if in fact these pages are being crawled and the links within the individual posts to the various social media sites are being acknowledged, then posting a link of your new blog post to Twitter or Facebook might actually lead to the page being indexed.

That’s all just a theory, however, as I can’t say for certain that I know how all that stuff works, nor can I really say with certainty anything else in this post except that Totally.me takes whatever social sources you plug into it and creates a page whereby all posts to all social media sites are shown in the order they were posted (regardless of the venue).

One other pretty significant difference between Totally.me and RebelMouse is that users can comment on Totally.me posts using the Facebook comments software. So your twitter post can spark a conversation on a completely different site where it was posted automatically, at least in theory.

Another difference between the two sites pertains to hashtags. As of now Totally.me links each hashtag in your social posts to a hashtag page for that term at the site socialsear.ch. RebelMouse linked all contents of a given social post back to the original post.

These differences might be enough to make Totally.me a viable long-term idea whereas its predecessor fizzled out after a while as there was nothing that could be done with the pages other than observe them and their contents, and click back to the original posting. Time will tell…

If you have a desire to keep better track of your activity on social media sites and think having everything you post to all of them collected, compiled and displayed in one place could be beneficial to you, then Totally.me might just have something worth signing up for.

If nothing else, it’s a cool little tool that’s fun to play around with and that really puts your activity into perspective.