Techno Aid in Haiti: Text, Tweet, Action

When someone posted a Twitter message stating someone was “still alive under the rubble at Rue Centre, Building Napolin” in Haiti and gave the building’s latitude and longitude, US Homeland Security’s National Operations Center forwarded the information to the State Department, which sent a rescue team to the building.

In an article on the USA Today website, Thomas Frank says the US Department of Homeland Security is onboard with social media and, for the first time, is reading Twitter posts, blogs and Internet forums “to learn instantly about conditions in Haiti and send alerts to government agencies in the country.

The American Red Cross, too, is using social media for rescue. It has received hundreds of Twitter and Facebook posts which originated straight from victims in Haiti, who phoned or texted friends and family in the US.

To read the USA Today article, please click here:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2010-02-01-haiti-monitor-social-media_N.htm