Internet, since the beginning, has opened doors and lines of communication to people all over the world. The internet has given people a world of information at their fingertips. Today, with social media networks, people are interacting with others and communicating more than ever. For Haiti, social media networks have helped raise recognition and action. According to Journalism.org, people on Twitter synonymously tweeted links to news articles on Haiti as well as, places people could donate and lend help.

The topic of the week is about social media and how is it being used in the Haitian earthquake crisis.

The American Red Cross received almost $35 million in donations within the first 48 hours after the earthquake, with more than half the donations from online contributors. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy,  fifteen days after the massive earthquake struck Haiti, donors have contributed more than $528-million to 40 U.S. nonprofit groups, the American Red Cross has raised approximately $185 million.

Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts on Haiti have allowed people all over the world to express their concern, give donations, and influence others to do the same. Multiple organization helping with Haiti reflief are receiving a great amount of support from social media networks. The Network for Good, a nonprofit internet giving platform reported that, “many of the major relief organizations made the top ten, but remarkably, many smaller, grassroots organizations with annual revenue well under $1 million received significant funding. The fundraising success of smaller nonprofits demonstrates a shift in crisis giving. Historically, the majority of disaster funds have been donated to the Red Cross and other headline charities. During the South Asia Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, for example, 60% of donations went to the Red Cross. The response to the earthquake in Haiti shows a new pattern: only 25% of funds raised through the Network for Good giving system went to the Red Cross and the top ten charities accounted for less than 70% of total donations.”

People and organizations are able to endorse and support causes personally and publicly on social media networks, which has inevitably contributed to the success of the numerous charities for Haiti relief, both large and small charitable organizations.

Social media networks have enabled organizations and people to inform others on various charities that will help Haiti while, creating a convenient way to donate to them. According to the Neilsen company, much of what people around the world are learning is coming from social media sources with Tweets leading the source of dicussion, followed by online video, blogs and other online boards/forums.

According the the USA Today, the Homeland Security Department is also using social media networks. “The department’s Haiti Social Media Disaster Monitoring Initiative is designed to get information more quickly to people involved in recovery efforts by tracking up to 60 Internet sites including Google log Search, The Huffington Post and Twitter, according to a department report.”

Voices are being heard through the social media movement.

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