Social Media Tools Beef up Haiti Relief Operations

Relief workers, military personnel and news organizations have turned to the use of social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and LinkedIn to coordinate and bolster humanitarian work in Haiti, according to

“Social media has revolutionized how people will be giving to and interacting with nonprofits,” said Anita Foster, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross of Dallas. “We have been overwhelmed and astonished by the response.”

These online social tools were primarily used to create maps of destroyed communities and databases of casualties and missing people. Aid organizations and charities have also relied on these sites to mobilize funding for relief work in the Caribbean nation.

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