There’s a lot of information swirling out there on the World Wide Web following the devastating earthquake and tsunamis today.
At one point this morning I had four separate video streams on my desktop from Japan, Hawaii, Seattle and L.A.
I wanted to compile a few tech related things I’ve run across today.
Sprint announced it is waiving text message fees for text donations to the following groups. To donate to the American Red Cross, text REDCROSS to 90999. To donate to the Salvation Army, text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888. I’ve donated to Convoy of Hope, a great organization that my father worked for and that I interned with several years ago. To donate to Convoy of Hope, text TSUNAMI to 50555. AT&T posted a tweet earlier saying it was waiving fees to text donations to the Red Cross, but there has not been an official announcement.
Aside from the compelling video available on every news site in the world, a great source for user-generated content is YouTube’s CitizenTube. Cars floating in the tsunami waves, people screaming and running for cover, and fires with flames and smoke rising towards the sky. A lot of it is disturbing, and beware because it is raw and unedited.
The three most popular hashtags today have been #prayforjapan #tsunami and #japan, although I’ve seen a host of others including #sendai #quake #jpquake
Google has set up the Google Crisis Response and the Google Person Finder. The Person Finder is available in 5 languages and currently tracking more than 18,000 records.
Groupon is selling donations of $5, $10 or $25 for the International Medical Corps.
Posted under Twitter, Weather, Web/Tech
This post was written by jjarvis on March 11, 2011