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onehour.pngIn a prime example of viral marketing, a socially responsible idea is making its way around the globe via the Internet, using free social media tools that are available for the taking.
One Hour No Power asks that on Sunday, July 1, 2007, for just one hour, everyone turn off all non-essential power and use that hour to demonstrate our concerns about global warming and think about how to lower our carbon footprints. (Had you heard that phrase a year ago?)
One Hour No Power is not sponsored by a huge not-for-profit, do-good organization or a major corporation. It’s the brainchild of a stay-at-home dad named Andy, (no last name on his bio or contact info) who started his campaign about a month ago.
He started a website ,a MySpace page, a You Tube video and a blog.
One Hour No Power, is fast gaining, umm, steam. More than 2500 people have signed up in Facebook, MySpace now has about 400 friends, and people in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Dubai, India, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have confirmed that they are joining.
The most fascinating thing about it is that One Hour No Power is one man’s idea. It’s already got lots of supporters who have networks of their own, and there clearly are some great sponsorship and tie-in opportunities available. By time July 1 rolls around, I am willing to bet that at least a million people will participate.