Bagging is Helping Haiti

Haiti is still the focus of the world’s attention. From governments to NGOs, from celebrities to ordinary citizens, the world is moving fast to help save and assist the survivors of the January 12 Haiti earthquake.

To do our share, we made a bag, 20+ Ways to Help Haiti, right after the quake. That bag listed the websites of major charitable organiztions. Within days, thousands of visits came. People used it to make donations to charities and shared it in online communities. We tried hard to keep it updated and to link it to more related resources including the bags users created.

Beyond our bag, we also saw that people are building bags to disseminate information and to coordinate Haiti relief efforts.

For example, a user in Portland, Oregon, created a bag to display links of all the Haiti relief activities in the area. Thousands of people used it and reweeted it to promote various activities, events, and donations. Portland mayor Sam Adams was among those who retweeted it.

Twitter - Mayor Sam Adams- RT @GOODinPDX

It’s good for us to see that information bagging is becoming an effective way to help Haiti.

24+ ways to help Haiti slideshow

On January 14, we created a bag to collect charitable organizations active in providing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. That bag has been checked out by thousands of readers and retweeted many times.

After building that bag, I designed a slideshow version of the bag and uploaded it on SlideShare. The slideshow was selected to be one of the “Top Presentations of the Day” on the SlideShare site on January 16.

This is my second slideshow to support earthquake relief. In May 2008, I designed a similar set on SlideShare for the Sichuan earthquake in China. Now here is the new one for Haiti earthquake victims.

Check out this slideshow and retweet it to spread the message to the world. Let’s work hard together for the great cause of helping Haiti.

Support Haiti earthquake relief by creating bags

The quake in Haiti on January 12 and its aftermath shook the entire globe. The tragedy is touching the hearts of us all. People in Haiti are in urgent need for all kinds of assistance and the world is mobilized to help.

There is tons of information online, being updated every minute: donation/relief sites, news reports, real-time tweets, and more. To assist the need of finding and disseminating these important information sources, we have built a few bags with our tool.

For example, a bag entitled “20+ Ways to Help Haiti” was created last Thursday, where you can find websites to make donations and all the Haiti information, via linked bags.

Users visited and retweeted this bag a lot. A user in Portland, Oregon, even created a similar bag listing all the organizations involved in helping Haiti in the Portland area. That bag also generated big traffic there.

Let’s do more to support Haiti earthquake relief by creating bags.