30 Dec '11, 4am

Social media's good 'virus' of volunteerism

The Nation/Asia News Network Friday, Dec 30, 2011 During that sad period when provinces were left wallowing in water, the social media played a huge role in helping ease people's suffering. From finding volunteers to fill sandbags, cook food, seek donations, make rafts of life vests, to developing informative websites and producing video clips or just cleaning up in the aftermath, the all-pervasive social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, have inarguably become champions in keeping people abreast of what's happening. Tweets like "I'm free to volunteer today, where should I go?" and "Where can I drop off my contributions?" were common during the crisis. The power of the social media combined with like-minded volunteers entered into every aspect of the response to the crisis - people pitched in whether they had the expertise or not. Apart from government offices and mains...

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