Social Media Leads the Way in Addressing Devastation in Haiti: Part 1

26 Feb

Raw Video: First Aerial Images of Haiti Post Earthquake

Social Media is leading the way in dozens of social and technological fronts. Don’t believe me, go to Better yet, hear every newscaster, celebrity, or average joe give out their twitter name.

So, I remember specifically the hour that news of a massive earthquake hitting the island of Haiti.
Social media, or texting specifically, became one of the major methods of quick giving:

A number of “text to donate” services have been set up for people to make donations directly from their cell phones. But consumer advocates are warning that, as more are created, some may be phonies. 
Two that are trustworthy are:
— Texting HAITI to 90999: The U.S. Department of State’s Web site suggests texting “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. The $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps to contribute to the disaster relief efforts.
— Texting YELE to 501501: On Twitter, musician Wyclef Jean, a native of Haiti, notes, “Haiti needs your help text YELE to 501501 and 5 dollars will go toward earthquake relief.” Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement Jean has set up to inspire change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment.

(from As World Looks to Help Haiti, Scammers Sit Poised) FOX NEWS

Twitter continued to provide support for those seeking information and ways to help. 

For those trying to locate family in Haiti – US Government has set up a hotline to help locate family(Haiti): (888) 407-4747

@RedCross: You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to help in the Red Cross relief efforts in #haiti >>> Do what you can! to help! 

Please use this link to donate to the International Response Fund #Haiti

@WildChildDNA RT @CandiceNicolePR: RT @BET: Help the earthquake victims in Haiti! Every little bit counts, find out what you can do!

How You Can Help Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

@wyclef Prayer + Action = Change! Help Haiti Please!! Donate $5 by texting ‘YELE’ to 501501 Everybody RT!!

mashable Haiti Earthquake Relief: 9 Ways to Help Now –

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