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Eye Witness communities


Will social media change how we commit events to history from now on?
usahdi
From the About Page:

Ushahidi.com is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see. We are working with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident.

What you can do is get the word out about Ushahidi so that it’s utilized to it’s full potential. This especially extends to talking to the people that you know who have seen things in Kenya and getting them to the site as well. You can also help by using the contact form to volunteer to help with the tracking and verifying of each incident.

Here’s some examples:

This is not about ‘media’ in the sense of promotional interviews on podcasts or cute howto videos on YouTube. It’s also not a bandwagon or a fad that we’ll get bored of when the next gadget comes along.

Social networks is changing the world. Not only the way we report, distribute and consume News, but allowing social news to shaped the world. Bring it on.

Here’s their widget by the way:

Report Acts Of Violence In Kenya

Hat tip: Rafiq in South Africa

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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