Last week, Sarah Walker, sophomore communications major, shocked the world when it was discovered that her profile picture on Facebook had reached 13,459 likes.
With the number still rising, Walker would like to thank her family, sorority, FLO, student council committee, Dance Arts Society, Century Singers, The Big Event, the Women’s Club Water Polo Team, all 12 high school ex-boyfriends, and the children she teaches at Creekview Elementary School.
“I mean I think it was my smile that attracted so much attention, even though you can’t see my teeth. Also, the way one of the trees in the background had fallen over definitely added to it,” Walker said.
She credits the monumental achievement to her best friend who took the picture, Amanda Parke, Instagram, trees in general, and her dentist.
Parke admitted that she has never taken a photography class in her life, but does not think that luck was heavily involved in the capture.
“I’ve been taking pictures, half of friends, and half of myself, for like 3 years now. So I think I’ve gotten to be pretty good,” Parke said. “I use my iPhone, so I’m like always ready.”
Yesterday, Walker announced intentions of sharing her likes through a new philanthropy she had started. Walker realized she was hoarding these likes, and says she felt bad about her selfishness.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong, I really appreciated the way everyone cared, but I felt like I should share some of that affirmation with people who are less fortunate than me,” Walker said.
She says she will be utilizing the influence gained from her newfound popularity to sell groups of 100 likes for $10 and that the money will go to raising awareness for a yet undecided cause. “This way people feel good about themselves and are able to give to charity!” Walker said.
Possible recipients of the charity include orphaned dogs and stray children. She hopes to raise awareness that these creatures exist.
“There are kids in Africa who don’t even know about Instagram yet. I think I can change that,” Walker said.
None of the money raised will actually go to feeding anyone, as Walker said she does not know how to make that happen, but she is sure that raising awareness by sharing photos on Facebook will help.
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