9 things that wouldn't have happened without social media

By Joe Tidy, news correspondent
It's the fourth and final week of Scroll Free September - a campaign led by the Royal Society for Public Health encouraging people to take a break from social media.
Throughout the month, we've been exploring the biggest issues around the use of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube. Addiction, body image and self-confidence, cyberbullying and trolling have all been examined in reports and interviews.Now we're looking at the positive sides of social media. There are dozens of examples of the platforms being used for political and social change, but here's our list of the best nine things that could only happen on social media.1. Ice Bucket Challenge raises $100m in weeksProbably the biggest viral campaign ever, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised an incredible $100m (€76m) for the charity amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) not to mention an incredible amount of awareness.Celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg, Lewis Hamilton, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates and Tom Cruise all got involved and got wet for the cause.The money went on to be used in an international study to sequence the genomes of at least 15,000 people with ALS.
9 things that wouldn't have happened without social media

Ice Craze Leads To Breakthrough
2. Burger King baby finds mum after 27 yearsKatheryn Deprill was just a few hours old when she was found on the floor of a Pennsylvania Burger King by a customer in 1986 - and despite the work of the authorities, her mother was never found.As an adult, with three kids of her own, she took a chance and posted a picture and plea online. She was rewarded with a reunion just three weeks after posting the photo on Facebook.The 27-year-old said she had forgiven her "sweet" and "loving" mother "110%".
9 things that wouldn't have happened without social media

Katheryn Deprill is now a married mother of three. Pic: Facebook
3. Mum surprises kid with 60,000 Facebook friendsAnother heartwarmer this time from a mum from Michigan who went on Facebook to drum up some support for her disabled son Colin. @ColinIsEleven was set up to cheer him up and collect birthday wishes for the little boy who didn't think he had any friends.In the end it went viral. He had 60,000 of them on Facebook, and a few weeks after that, Good Morning America hosted a surprise birthday celebration for him in Times Square. At its peak, Colin's page had more than 2.1 million fans.4. No make-up selfies raise €8mIt wasn't started by Cancer Research, but when the charity noticed the growing trend of women posting pics of themselves online without make-up, it seized upon the chance to own #nomakeupselfie.Celebrities including Michelle Heaton, Holly Willoughby and Kym Marsh helped it become huge, and people donated to the charity and others whilst posting the pictures. Cancer Research alone raised over €8m in just a few weeks.

5. Walnut the whippet's final walk It was the sort of doggy send off that dreams are made of. Mark Woods in Cornwall put out a call on social media for people to join him in Cornwall for a final walk with his poorly whippet Walnut.
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