On Twitter, "Yele"
was the most popular trending topic for several days prior to the
telethon, as people tweeted and retweeted messages to donate $5 to
singer Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation. They could do this by sending the text message "Yele" to the number 501501.
donate $10 to the Red Cross — the second most popular topic on Twitter
— cell phone users can text the word "Haiti" to 90999. The organization
said it raised more than $8 million dollars in less than 48 hours with
the texting effort.
Social Media Delivered
In Dallas, Texas, the firm Social Media Delivered
announced a gift certificate reward program that will match donations
to the relief effort in Haiti. The word is getting out via Twitter,
Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and on their blog.
During the months of January and February 2010, Social Media Delivered
will match any amount donated to The Red Cross up to $500 in the form
of a gift certificate for social media marketing or coaching services.
The gift certificates require no minimum purchase and are valid until
December 15, 2010 toward any of the services offered by Social Media
To receive a gift certificate for free services the participant should follow these 3 simple steps:
or organizations make a donation of any amount to Haiti Relief through
American Red Cross during January and of February 2010 here.
- Receipt for donation should be scanned and emailed to HelpHaiti@SocialMediaDelivered.com.
- Social Media Delivered will email back a gift certificate in a value equal to the amount of the donation up to $500.
these are some of the more significant social media channels that have
risen to the occasion, there are myriads of other smaller groups that
exist on LinkedIn, MySpace and niche social networking groups. The
country of Haiti itself actually has their own social network. For more
updates on the day to day efforts being made on behalf of the Haitian
people, you can visit 'Haitian Space."
HaitianSpace Social Network
reaffirming to know with all the wars and strife around the globe that
plague our lives on a daily basis, that when devastation like this
occurs, we can forgo about our self-imposed barriers to bring relief
and financial support to those less fortunate, using the power of
social media technology that's now available to all of us.