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The Great Twitter Sod Giveaway

May 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments

Sod modelingIt’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. For many people, this involves a roadtrip getaway, paying respects to veterans who gave their lives to protect this country, or at least a cookout.

At our house, however, long weekends usually involve some sort of hardcore DIY project undertaken by my husband, the king of home improvement. (Don’t believe me? Check out this video I shot of him two stories up, hanging off a ladder, last 4th of July weekend. And don’t get me started talking about the time he moved our shed single-handedly on his Columbus Day holiday a few years back.)

This weekend’s project had multiple parts. First, Eric rented a sod cutter to carve out some of our front and side lawn so that he can replace the grass with flowerbeds. Then, we rolled up the sod strips into manageable pieces and moved them in a wheelbarrow to our back yard where Eric used some of the pieces to sod over our former garden. I made a video about the sad demise of said garden (short version: it’s my fault). I also did a little sod modeling, as you can see from the picture above. Don’t ask – you simply had to be there.

The Great Twitter Sod Giveaway

Wondering how Twitter factors into this story? Well, at this point in our day, we realized we had way more sod on our hands than we needed. This grass is super healthy, well cared for, fertilized, weed-free and a gorgeous dark green. We hated to waste it, but we had absolutely no use for it – so I had the bright idea to give it away on Twitter. At this idea, my beloved snorted – a sound which spoke volumes. Eric’s not a fan of social media in general, and is especially peeved by the idea of Twitter. He can’t imagine who would find it useful or why. I figured this little sod story would make a nice Twitter case study if it worked. I also hoped that someone in my local Twitter network would need or want some sod.

And so, at about 2 p.m. on a beautiful sunny Saturday, I made my offer to the Twitterverse:

 Columbus Tweeps, does anyone need some sod? We have good, clean, healthy grass/sod up for grabs – hate to waste it and we don’t need it.

Within a minute, my offer was re-Tweeted and then about ten minutes after that, I had a taker. She was thrilled because she had planned to buy grass seed or sod sometime this weekend – and now she gets all the sod she wants for free. Score!

I love it when social media can help real people in real-life situations like this. This particular social media experiment may not be saving the world or improving lives, but it’s still a cool, green, local, friendly example of how to use Twitter. It saves us the trouble of disposing of the sod, saves my sod recipient the cost of buying it or the trouble of coaxing grass seed to grow, and who knows – maybe this will even start to make a Twitter believer out of my hard-working husband.

So, what did you do with your Memorial Day weekend – and would you like some leftover sod?

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Tags: Networking · Ohio · social media

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Clinton Middleton // May 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I forgot to tell you. I found a home for my Grandma’s cat on craigslist. A nice young nursing student took her in. So I agree, although craigslist isn’t bona fide social media, it worked in this case to bring people together to do something good.

  • 2 Lara K // May 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    That’s great, Clint! I thought about using either Craigslist or Freecycle to get rid of our excess sod – and I still may, since we have so much left – but the nice thing about Twitter is that you know (or at least know someone who knows) the person coming to your house. Small difference, but can be significant. ;)

  • 3 Angela Siefer // Jun 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I love the sod story! I have so many stories about how Twitter has been helpful to me and others, I often don’t know which one to tell when teaching a class!

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