I wish that organizations like the Red Cross didn’t have to exist, I really do.
But we live in a fragile world. Given that tsunamis, hurricanes, local fires, explosions, tornados, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and other disasters can strike small or large groups of people spontaneously, perhaps it’s not such a bad idea to link into the many offerings of the Red Cross (I’m still in the process myself).
As of today, here are the official places that the Red Cross has set up:
- The blogosphere: Red Cross Chat, Good News Blog, Red Cross Youth
- Flickr: American Red Cross photo pool
- YouTube: American Red Cross channel
- LinkedIn: American Red Cross badge
- Facebook: American Red Cross Group and Cause
- Twitter: Red Cross disaster information
- Podcasts: A few small audio experiments
- I’m Making a Difference: i’m Initiative
I checked to see if the Red Cross is on FriendFeed and it looks like Joe has claimed it. Hey Joe, where you going with that…FriendFeed account in your name? I don’t know who Joe is but I hope he has good intentions for staking out RedCross on FriendFeed.
If you are Joe, and you’re not affiliated with the Red Cross, would you be a hero and offer it up to its namesake organization? There are literally millions of lives who you could affect. (If you do give it to the Red Cross, you could just say you held it with purely altruistic intentions and maybe you’ll get a ton of gratitude (and traffic). Just a thought.)
Which raises a point: what do you think about the rights of charitable organizations to stake claims on current and future social media sites?
To read more about how the Red Cross is using Web 2.0 check out their page on Social Media.