Crowdsourcing is another one of the amazing pros of social media. Whether you’re fundraising locally or globally, social networks have taken it to a whole other level. There’s no more immediate way to make large groups of people instantly aware of news, keep them informed in an emergency or alert them to injustices or important issues. Just think about how cell phone videos of police brutality have so drastically changed the way we view law enforcement and made it impossible for the powers that be to ignore those kinds of issues.

And finally, one of our favorite positive effects of social media — Grumpy Cat!