In the immediate aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Twitter and other social media sites provided some of the first information about the situation on the ground.
He explains that new media proved vital in two major areas in the aftermath of the earthquake: information-gathering and coordinating an international response.
People locating friends and relatives in Haiti have used citizen journalism sites such as CNN’s iReport, as well as Twitter and Facebook. And fundraising via text messages and social media has earned millions.
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