Twitter and Haiti

I follow 465 people (at the moment) on Twitter. I receive their retweets, so I suppose I have around about 500 people who I receive “Tweets” from.
In a matter of about two hours this afternoon, I have noticed the power of Twitter as a social network.
There have literally been dozens and dozens of Tweets about Haiti. They are about collecting money and about the situation on the ground.
I wonder if there is any other mechanism that could transmit this information so fast and potentially to so many people.
The terrible situation in Haiti calls for extreme actions and this means cash and supplies. There are many organisations dealing with this emergency, but in a sort of strange way, Twitter is acting as the conduit for the conversations, for the money collection, for the prayers and for people to state their thoughts and feelings at such a time as this.
I feel that Haiti may well be seen as a point, just as Iran was previously, where the power of Twitter can be seen. Let us hope that it can have a positive effect in whatever way is possible on this terrible event.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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