As more information starts flooding in from Haiti, it is amazing how connected people have become. Browse your Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr sites and you will see what I mean.
Twitter has something called "hash tags." They look like this: #haiti. Almost immediately Tuesday night this tag was created and people have been coming together online. Anyone posting information regarding the crisis in Haiti is including this tag in their Tweets. Check out the CNN Breaking News Twitter page for more posts.
For a quick way to browse what is going on in Web 2.0 land, check out these articles on Haiti:
- Twitter Mobilizes Haiti Aid Efforts
- Haiti Quake Relief: How Technology Helps
- Social Networks Show Personal Touch Amidst Haiti Devastation
- Haiti Earthquake: Twitter Pictures Sweep Across the Web
- Social Networking in Haiti Updates World
- Red Cross Raises $3,000,000+ for Haiti Through Text Message Campaign
The Mashable.com site tracks social network trends and is an interesting study on slow news days, but really shows off what social media is capable of during times like these.
Not only are people sharing pictures from the ground in real time, but others are sharing lists of what is needed for the relief efforts. These sites are an invaluable way for people to connect when they may feel most alone.
Disclaimer: The links may show live real-time comments. Browse at your own risk.
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