It’s breaking my heart to watch the headlines, ireports and tweets as the full impact of the Joplin tornado unfolds.
I followed the impact social media had on the coverage and response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March and the tornado outbreak that ravaged the town of Tuscaloosa in April, but I sit here amazed at the social media response to Joplin. Maybe it hits home for me because I lived and worked in the KC area for many years. Maybe it’s because the first tweets I saw were from a colleague in Pittsburg, KS. All I know is that I’m touched and inspired by what I’m watching.
- Google spreadsheet (one of the first to appear) for all Joplin Relief dropoff locations created by Michael Fienen
- Flickr page for Lost & Found Tornado Pets
- iReport of someone posting their last words on Facebook
- Google spreadsheet of missing individuals (also created by Michael Fienen)
- Open Story: Joplin tornado, a mashup of professional journalists and iReporters
- Finally, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I tried the SMS-to-donate technology for the first time today. Insanely simple to give $10 to the RedCross: Text REDCROSS to 90999. Do it now.
Update: New York Times reporter Brian Stelter has posted a thoughtful and compelling account of how he used Twitter to report on the aftermath of the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri.