I’m getting tons of tweet requests to help Haiti by retweeting things. This is, in and of itself, okay.
What needs to happen, however, is that we have to be specific and point to details, and we have to give people the right kind of information to be helpful. For instance, look at Chris Messina’s post on designing hashtags for emergency response. This is useful.
Other ways? Point to blog posts or other websites that have the further detail.
Other ways? Point to charities that you are confident are helpful. For instance, I support Skip1, because I know Shelene Bryan, and know how she manages the money she receives.
But how NOT to help is to just throw out “supportive” tweets that don’t get us to take an action of some kind. Why? Because it will clutter the stream, and people will tune out of the detail.
Twitter and other social tools really help causes. We just have to wire them tightly.