Social media feeling charitable on Giving Tuesday

Social Cues: Also trending on Facebook and Twitter are a deadly plane crash in Colombia and a wildfire in Tennessee.

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Facebook is promising to match donations for Giving Tuesday.

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If you have even a dollar leftover from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today's your day. It's Giving Tuesday, and it's trending on Facebook and Twitter.

What exactly is Giving Tuesday? It's a post-gluttony day when nonprofits collectively ask you to give. If your inbox isn't already inundated with donation requests, just pop over to social media and you'll see reminders from friends and family.

It's also Disruption Tuesday as protesters take to the streets and go online to push for a $15 federal minimum wage.

Social Cues is our look at what's trending on social media each morning. Here's what is making the rounds across Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday:

Giving Tuesday: After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, where instead of buying, you're encouraged to give to charities. At the top of your Facebook app when you first check in, the social network is promising to match any donations made through its website. Facebook is teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to contribute $1 million toward matching contributions. Giving Tuesday is likewise the top trend on Twitter, with users suggesting organizations worthy of your dollars.

Colombia: A plane crashed Monday night in Medellin, Colombia, with 81 passengers on board. At least 76 people have died. Chapecoense, a Brazilian soccer team, was on the flight scheduled to play the first of a two-game final on Wednesday. More than 1 million Twitter users worldwide are sending condolences to the victims and their families. LaMia, the charter airline, declared an emergency on Monday night, citing electrical problems, and the plane crashed five minutes from its destination. The crash was the top trend on Facebook on Tuesday.

Gatlinburg: A wildfire is roaring across the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, forcing emergency evacuations. Residents in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge escaped the fire, which had burned 500 acres by Monday night. Images and videos are making the rounds across social media as firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

#FightFor15: A push to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour is taking place across 340 cities on Tuesday, as part of Disruption Tuesday. On Twitter, vocal supporters say higher wages will improve the quality of life for many Americans. Opponents argue it would lead to inflation and fewer jobs. Actor Mark Ruffalo has also chimed in on the cause:

Miss Minnesota: A Somali-American is the first woman to compete in the Minnesota beauty pageant wearing a hijab and a burkini. Halima Aden, 19, made the semi-finals of the competition over the weekend and said she wants to use to the platform to change people's view of Islam. She lost the pageant but won on social media for staying true to herself and supporting diversity.

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