Monday, January 18, 2010

Twitter Used to Help Land Plane with aid for Haiti Earthquake Victims

By Helen Kennedy

Canadian military planes sit on the tarmac of Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International Airport waiting to distribute emergency relief to Haiti following the earthquake.

Twitter, the messaging service often used by the self-absorbed to update the world on their breakfast choices, may have actually saved lives in Haiti Sunday.

When a Doctors Without Borders cargo plane full of medicine was blocked from landing at the congested Port-au-Prince airport, the group sent out a tweet about the blockage.

Twitter users then began to bombard the U.S. Air Force's Twitter account with demands that the plane be let in.

"We're working it right now. More to follow," the Air Force tweeted.

Less than an hour later, the plane was on the tarmac and a second was on the way.

Source: NYDailyNews

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