By Rijuta Gupta:
With the recent Japan crisis, the whole world has joined hands to help the country come out of the disaster with flying colours, and social media is no behind. One of the most powerful mediums to impact lives, social media campaigns have been launched around the disaster that aim at garnering support, donations and mobilize people to join their causes.
As a team, Youth Ki Awaaz has been a strong believer of internet activism, social media for social change and use of internet technology to change lives, and this is our effort to recognize social media efforts which really aim at changing things in Japan, and not just create groups to get enough membership. So here is the list.
- Causes On Facebook has shared link to contribute to Red Cross and add referrals for Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Victims The link is http://www.causes.com/campaigns/154523
- Global Disaster Relief on Facebook — Started to synchronise relief work around the globe for disasters/calamities. The link is http://www.facebook.com/DisasterRelief?sk=wall
- Dog Bless You— The people over at Explore.org are donating $1 for every “Like” of the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page, up to $100,000 for Japan Relief. The link is https://www.facebook.com/exploredogs?sk=app_4949752878
- Facebook Japan — Previously existing page that is helping in generating support and monetary contribution along with providing regular update on happenings in Japan. The link is http://www.facebook.com/FacebookJapan
- Zyngya, world’s largest gaming company has partnered with Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund to get its users to donate money through the purchase of virtual goods in CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille and its other games. Its target is to raise $ 1million by selling virtual goods.
- We Support Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Victims– This page provides moral support for the people of Japan and projects compassionate side of growing human bonding across globe. The link is http://www.facebook.com/WeSupportJapan
- A blogpost is started on Twitter with all the necessary information for people in Japan regarding people finder, daily power outages, public transport, regional information, disaster sites & evacuation plans/layout, subsequent earthquakes, support for foreign nationals and other relevant information. The link is http://blog.twitter.jp/2011/03/blog-post_12.html
If you wish to donate then visit http://www.causes.com/ now. If youÂ know of more social media initiatives to help Japan, share the links in the comments section below.