It’s almost that time of year again for a member-driven fun-filled campaign around the world for FIRST, something everyone can support. In September 2011 it was called “A World of FIRST Day”. This was a day set up so members of the FIRST organization, whether a team member, alum, volunteer, staffer, mentor, or supporter of FIRST could promote the organization by wearing a shirt, pin, or accessory to get the FIRST name out there. In other words, FIRST logos everywhere!
The idea was that people would see these logos and names and start asking questions and doing research. It’s an easy way for current supporters to promote the FIRST that they know and love even more throughout the world. Due to participant suggestions, this year and in the years to come this day will now be called “FIRST Friday”. This way, it’s easier to say, a little catchy, and the date will be easier to remember because this ‘holiday’ will always be the first friday of every October. This way it’s on a day where everyone’s back in school and at work, and it fits in for those who have ‘casual Friday’ at work to wear their FIRST shirts.
So what can you do? “Like” our shiny new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/worldfirstfriday, familiarize yourself with the objective again or for the first time if you’re new here, look out for new additions to our online presence (a central way to share photos of people in their FIRST gear coming soon!), and share, share, share it all with other FIRSTies, supporters, friends and family!! Use hashtag #firstfriday in combination with a popular one like #omgrobots to really get the idea out there when on Twitter!
By the way, thanks for a FANTASTIC first year of this last year. As you can see in the photo below, in just a couple months with this idea our Facebook event page reached nearly 5,500 attendees, 5,000 more invited, and reached even more who didn’t have Facebook through e-mail efforts and a Chief Delphi thread. THANKS! Can’t wait to get that many on our new Facebook page.