MOVE ASIDE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND HUGE FACEBOOK PAGES – A FACEBOOK PAGE IS UP TO ABOUT 40,000 LIKES IN JUST MONTHS – AND IT’S ABOUT KINDNESS AND ROCK! – By Jenny Paulson – One of the most followed Facebook pages this summer is a group called 719 Rocks! where locals throughout Southern Colorado are encouraged to paint river rocks with kind messages and artwork, seal the paint, and hide them in public places for others to find, then share their stories on the Facebook page.
Locals in Pueblo have caught on to the rage and are posting their original artwork and rocks found on the Facebook page, and someone created another just for Pueblo as the rock painting and finding gained popularity.
Rock hunting became so popular that the main group went from 7,000 members in June to now over 38,000 in August. Other such groups have been popular throughout the United States, so Colorado Springs resident, Jen Tews brought the idea to our area and it took off this spring and still seems to be gaining steam, even all over Pueblo.
Those who find rocks can keep them, or rehide them, after posting pictures. Some have the name of a group, or business on the back, or signatures of their creators. Who would think that something so simple could in such a short time become one of the most followed local Facebook pages on social media? It goes to show that the world and our home town is looking for simple ways to share and give back to our community, even in this quirky way.
By Jenny Paulson, publisher of www.SouthernColoradoIndependent.com, a growing alternative magazine covering Pueblo and the surrounding region.