At some point statistics quantifying the role of Social Media in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti will be published. The number of Tweets/Retweets, Facebook groups and causes pages, Web sites and more, focussed on promoting involvement in Haiti relief will be staggering. They will be estimates, but they will speak to the millions of people around the world, who were moved to act, to help in rescue efforts, to provide means for friends and families to learn if their loved ones were safe, to solicit donations, to publicize local fund-raising events.
Don’t miss the Haiti Tweetup tomorrow night, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at
Casa Del Popolo. Recent Tweet confirms event nearing capacity.
You hear about the celebrity efforts, Wyclef Jean and his Yéle Haiti foundation, Alyssa Milano and her $50,000 matching donation Twitter challenge, George Clooney and the MTV ‘Hope For Haiti’ Telethon and the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt $1million donation to Doctors Without Borders. We may not have the reach of influence they do, but each of us can use our social networks to do what we can to encourage support in the form of information sharing via Twitter and Facebook to encourage donations and participation in local events, including the Haiti Tweetup Montréal tomorrow night and Union Haiti, a communication channel and hub to coordinate resources and the aid action in Hait
Haiti Tweetup Montréal
Tues., Jan. 19 at Casa Del Popolo, 4873 St Laurent, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to raise funds for earthquake disaster relief in Haiti. All proceeds will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada. There will be a cash bar, DJ Andy Williams spinning and a raffle.
Tickets are free but a donation of $10 minimum at the door is strongly encouraged. Use #haititweetup to promote the event on Twitter. Also see the Facebook event page. Don’t wait too long to reserve a ticket – as recent Tweet reports the event is nearing capacity.
Union Haiti represents the efforts of local Montrealers to
provide a communication channel and hub to coordinate
resources and the aid action in Haiti.
Important update: Jean-Olivier Neptune, reported on Wednesday by The Gazette as rescued from underneath a house in Port-au-Prince, was later reported to have died from his injuries. Facebook and a local Montreal woman Stacey Delince played a central role in locating Mr. Neptune. A Union Haiti Web site, Facebook group and Twitter account page have since been created to provide a communication channel and hub to coordinate resources and the aid action in Haiti.
Other local events, efforts to promote?
Please use the comment area to share any information on local Haiti relief efforts and/or events associated Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, or other Social Media sources.