Thursday, January 14, 2010
In this age of social networking, a new way of helping has come to the fore. Names and photos of the missing are being posted on Facebook and Twitter and other social networking sites, and I've seen a few cases where missing loved ones have been found. As a faithful Twitter user, I can tell you that I learned about the crushing breadth of the crisis long before mainstream media got hold of the story. People on the ground in Port-au-Prince were tweeting what they were seeing within hours of when the 7.0 temblor happened, and now tweeters are making suggestions for what is needed most, posting pictures from the streets, and telling their stories ~ 140 characters at a time.
If anyone else has any suggestions of creative ways to help, I'd love to hear about them. Please leave a comment and I'll put them in another post or link to your blog.