Two weeks ago before the Canada/Russia World Junior Semi-Final I was settling in for the game (9 pm EST start time) when I saw this tweet.
The following thread ensued.
@Rod_Gallant I literally need a single web page, cut and paste into an email….just don’t have VPN myself =/ — Nicholas Charney (@nickcharney)
@Rod_Gallant I wouldn’t put that on you brother, but its much appreciated. — Nicholas Charney (@nickcharney)
Before puck drop I was able to get to the office, grab my laptop, get back home, find and send Nick what he needed.
Big thanks to @Rod-Gallant who got me what I was looking for. #gocbrotherfromadifferentmother — Nicholas Charney (@nickcharney)
This interaction speaks volumes for the community that has been built on twitter by government employees. I have no vested interest in what Nick was working on and didn’t even know what it was. But because of my previous interactions with him it was a no-brainer for me to jump in and help out as he’s done for so many others, including me, in the past.
The beauty is that this type of interaction isn’t unique. Day after day I see examples of government employees helping each other out. Social media tools have allowed for the ability to connect day or night and it isn’t because we have to but because we want to, which is a big difference. This is also what I believe will sustain this community and allow it to continue to grow and become stronger.
We all contribute in our own way, make sure you find a way to help out. You’ll be glad you did.