- Despite traveling to some of the most dangerous regions of the world and having had unpleasant experiences with malaria, mobs and an African airplane crash, when Nicholas Kristof met a woman who had "Half the Sky" tattooed on her back, his courage failed him, beating out his curiosity. His talk at City College had been titled “Half the Sky: Changing the World by Empowering Women,” based on the book he wrote with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.
- Kristof's followers were quick to chime in with their commentary and suggestions.
- With Facebook and Twitter followers offering encouragement, Kristof requested that the woman send a picture of the tattoo.
- This prompted more commentary on the part of his followers.
- Just a few hours after Kristof put out his request, the woman with the tattoo did as requested.
- Annie's Twitter timeline provided proof that she was the woman he'd met, as she had posted about attending the talk earlier in the evening.
- Kristof's Facebook post nicely summed up the role social media had played:
The power of social media: Last night I posted about the woman who told me that she had "Half the Sky" tattooed on her back, from my book. Coward that I am, I hadn't dared ask to see it, and so on FB and Twitter, I asked for a photo. Turns out she is Annie Rose Ramos, and she sent this photo. Incredibly cool, don't you think?