Inspiring Homeless Woman Uses Twitter to Get Off the Streets

homeless personI know I'm in the minority in the world of bloggers when I say that I'm just not that into Twitter. And by "just not that into," I mean I don't have an account. I had one. But I quit it. I'm more of a Facebook kind of gal. I know Twitter's great for getting information fast and everything, but something inside of me just cannot dissociate the social media platform from countless celebrities' vapid accounts of the mundane details of their lives. I mean, yeah, I'd read about Kim Kardashian's trip to the hair salon in 140 characters of less, but I'd be a much worse person for it. 

However, my opinion of Twitter changed a bit when I learned about the Chicago-based homeless woman who became an "Internet celebrity" via sharing her story ... through Twitter.


Five years ago, after losing her job and getting divorced, AnneMarie Walsh, now 41, became homeless. She suffers from medical and mental issues, and has recently taken to Twitter to share her story with the world. She would use the Internet access at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and as of now, she has over 4,200 followers. And that's not even the best part. The best part is, thanks to all her tweeting, a social worker contacted AnneMarie and helped her get temporary housing. She's currently off the streets! That's way more interesting than Kim Kardashian's trip to the hair salon.

So this is where I eat crow, I guess. Apparently, Twitter isn't all that bad. I mean, I know that there are plenty of educational, informative accounts out there, but for some reason, the ones that always come to mind for me first are the highly superficial ones that report nothing and don't bring anything of "substance" into the world -- real housewives', actresses', Ashton Kutcher's.

But maybe that's a sign that I need to immerse myself in different reading material in general.

You can follow AnneMarie and her amazing story at @PadsChicago. Do it! If you're following Ashton Kutcher or Kim Kardashian, you owe it to yourself to follow her.

How great is AnneMarie's story?


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