It is with bittersweet emotions that I write this blog post. You see, this is the final post closing a 3 year endeavor that I hold very close to my heart. The Gif Squad formed a few short years ago via Twitter, but it evolved into so much more than just a group of like-minded Salesforce #AwesomeAdmins tweeting funny things to each other. Through banding together, we formed a family within a family, and a group of people who could rely on each other as human beings, not just people who happened to be in the same industry.
Through daily constant contact of a running 24/7 DM, to texts, get togethers and virtual happy hours, we share our high points and pick each other up as we share our low points. You see, this group is more than giving back to the Salesforce Ohana, we give to each other.
Careers changes, kids, life and priorities all change; these are facts of life. It is with this in mind that we are disbanding the GifSquad in it’s current form as we can’t dedicate as much time to the effort as we would like.
I want to take the time to thank each and every member of this Ohana who have supported not only our social media antics, but our fundraising efforts. It’s because of your generosity that The GifSquad was able to donate more than $800 to the will.i.am Angel foundation. Through our #WeekOf posts, we shined the spotlight on deserving community members and made new friends.
You will still see us around, and I hope that you tweet me your response to this post in GIF form.
As we put out our flame, my wish is that our story ignites yours and we will be there to cheer and support you in kind.
Some parting words from other Squad members:
“Our goal with all of our efforts was to show what a collective group of Gif loving lunatics could do with their reach. We sold some great shirts while chuckling madly to ourselves while designing them, donated the money to great causes, and shined a light on others in the community who may normally not try to step into the spotlight. The goal of a great leader is to help others up and step back while the students become the teachers, so while we enjoyed the ride as the Gifsquad, our job is done and want others to take over and continue to spread great things in this ecosystem and beyond. Thank you everyone for your participation, love, affection, and great GIfs.”
“Our motivation has always been to lift others and shine a light on those doing good in our community. Now its time to pass torch. We will always continue to lift others but now, we step back and admire your shine.”
~ Melinda Smith
“I attended my first ever Community led conference in Chicago. It was entitled Midwest Dreamin’ and it would be the place that I’d come to meet so many great folks that would eventually come to be known as the Gifsquad. What was just a twitter DM group that I created to keep in contact with these folks turned into a website, twitter handle and a project for good initative. We’ve had great interactions and inspirations with fellow members of the community. A podcast Campfire Stories came about from two members of the Gif Squad. Life long friends and a strong support system came of the Gifsquad. As I type out my comments while on the phone with Bill Powell. It’s testament that the Gifsquad has served its purpose in inspring, uplifting and encouraging Good through Gifs. :)”