Nobel Peace Prize winner &
In my 10+ years as a professional web nerd, I've never been involved in anything that's "gone viral," until Friday. We weren't caught completely off-guard at CJP, as we'd been hearing rumors of Leymah's being considered for the prize for months. But that still didn't prepare for me for riding the social media tidal wave on Friday morning, when the winners were announced. It was the quickest 5.5 hours of my professional life, keeping track of the activity on Facebook and Twitter, watching with amazement when at one point on Friday morning, "Leymah Gbowee" was one of the top-trending phrases in the U.S. on Twitter. When the digital dust settled by Monday morning and I checked stats, I saw that the EMU website as a whole doubled its traffic on Friday alone, not to mention the thousands of "likes" on the EMU News article which announced her winning.
Making this all the more exciting for folks at EMU is the fact that Leymah is coming to campus this weekend - which is homecoming - where among other things she will be named EMU's Alumnus of the Year. Here are a few links which document online "Leymah mania" which has taken hold at EMU:
- New today: The "all things Leymah" page
- From Friday: EMU Alum Wins Nobel Peace Prize
- Follow-up: Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition
[This post also appeared at Peacebuilder Online.]