Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Twitter Helping Hati

We are all aware of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred on January 12, 2010. These days news spreads like wild fire and indeed it did! Almost instantly Twitter updates by the thousands related to Haiti and/or Earthquake were posted after the earthquake with links and photos. Facebook pages filled with blogs about the earthquake and status updated sending Haiti victims prayers. Immediately after the disaster, people were already thinking of great, innovative ways to help in the Haiti relief. Just here on campus, there were bake sales, benefit concerts, and new organizations arising everywhere with hopes of aiding others in the reconstruction and relief of Haiti. This was just a smaller scale of what the world was doing to help. 

Some of you may not know, but Twitter has gone above and beyond to try and help the cause. Not only does twitter allow people to share information, photos, news, and donation links, but they have now made a deal with Digicel to bring free SMS tweets to Haitian citizens. Previous to this deal, the people of Haiti used to be charged a message fee every time they tweeted. This is a new way for people who do not have broadband internet service or smart phone access to still be able to connect to others on the internet. This is a great way to encourage the citizens of Haiti to share their stories and provide the world with updates. I am impressed by twitters move. It is a gift that the people of Haiti can share their stories and receive support in return. It is also a current, up to date report in which users can keep track of the progress in Haiti. Twitter has found yet another way to link the world together via social networking.

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