Social media lets you experience first hand the experiences of individuals -- not just perspectives filtered through traditional media organizations. While there is nothing good about the terrible earthquake in Haiti, perhaps it is at least comforting that it occurred in an era where an average person in Portland can see what an average person in Port au Prince is experiencing and with a few flicks of the wrist make a donation to help them.
Indeed, this AP story below tells of how the reaction to Haiti is dramatically different than the reaction to the big China quake just a year and half ago thanks to Facebook and Twitter...
Twitter, itself, blogged today about how to help:
To follow each of these recovery efforts as they progress, we can follow @redcross, @wyclef, and @oxfam. The Huffington Post, CNN, and The New York Times have spent time curating special lists to track events related to Haiti.
- The American Red Cross allows anyone in the US to text HAITI to 90999 as an easy way to donate $10 to the recovery effort. The money is billed to your mobile phone account.
- Musician Wyclef Jean's Haiti-focused organization, Yele is also accepting text-message donations. To donate $5, text Yele to 501501 or visit the foundation's web site.
- Oxfam International has also set up an earthquake response fund. You can visit their web site to make a donation to this fund.