The Blog’s Role in the Tsunami Aftermath

    February 2, 2005

BlogPulse just published an analysis of the role of the blog in the aftermath of the tsunami.

The blogosphere was quick to respond in force in a variety of ways. In fact, it was an encouraging footnote to a horrific natural disaster. BlogPulse breaks down how the world helped out online. An interesting footnote is how blogs are helping hold relief organizations accountable to how tsunami relief funds are being spent.

Here is the BlogPulse intro

“The world watched in horror and awe on Dec. 26, 2004 as an earthquake and tsunami devastated wide areas of Southern Asia.

As neighboring nations and relief agencies began organizing to help, so did another group of people: bloggers. Unlimited by geography and powered by easy blog-publishing tools, bloggers quickly sprang into action to provide information that was otherwise impossible or extremely difficult to find or disseminate.

In a remote part of the world, where traditional news crews wouldn’t arrive for several days, bloggers provided some of the first eyewitness accounts, news of relief efforts, videos, still photographs, lists of victims and missing persons, and other helpful disaster aid and coordination information. Over a period of days and weeks, blogging would move yet another notch from novelty to acceptability.

BlogPulse’s analysis of tsunami-related coverage in the blogsphere follows.”

Kevin Dugan is the author of the popular Strategic Public Relations blog. Kevin is Director of Marketing Communications for FRCH Design Worldwide.

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