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Public use social networks to pay respects

MARY MINIHAN and JOANNE HUNT

In Home CareCONDOLENCE: FINE GAEL headquarters used modern social networking techniques to allow members of the public to pay their respects to former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald.

A traditional book of condolence was opened yesterday morning for Assisting Hands, the party’s office on Upper Mount Street outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Those who could not get to headquarters to sign the book were invited to tweet the party or leave a message on the official Fine Gael Facebook page, following a suggestion from one of the party’s Facebook followers. The messages were then transcribed into the condolence book. Many messages arrived from Irish people living in Australia, the United States and Britain.

“Sincere thanks to everyone who has sent messages for the book of condolence. It is clear that Garret was loved and respected by so many people, all over the world,” the Facebook page said last night.

www.assistinghands.com

Among those who signed the condolence book in the traditional manner yesterday were Fine Gael TDs Alan Farrell and Peter Matthews.

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Social Networking Saves Homeless Animals

As the popularity of social networking continues to explode, more and more people are finding old friends, making new ones, finding what elder care services can offer and even finding love at sites such as Facebook.

But it isn’t only people who are benefiting from the inter-connectivity the sites afford — man’s best friend also is enjoying the fruits of social networking.

While for years rescue groups have used websites like Petfinder.com to list pets in need of new homes, Facebook has added another layer of networking that has resulted in thousands of canine and feline lives saved, rescuers say.

“Facebook and Petfinder have proven to be very useful tools in helping us find forever homes for our dogs and cats,” said Lauren Dobkowski, administrator of the Meriden Humane Society’s Facebook page.  “They allow us to reach people who may never have walked through our doors if they hadn’t seen an animal that interested them online.

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Hamden resident Megan Shea started the City of Hartford Animal Shelter Facebook page… Continue reading