Haitian Americans Turn to Social Sites for Help

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Many Haitian Americans turned to Web sites like Facebook and Twitter in hopes of reaching their loved ones after Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Within minutes of the quake, hundreds of Twitter posts hit the Internet. Marilyn Crane wrote "Looking for status on Charles "chuck'dietsch", my brother, who was on a mission trip in Haiti."

For news organizations, social networking sites proved to be crucial tools in telling the rest of the world about the emerging crisis. Initially, the only images coming out of Haiti were YouTube videos and pictures posted on Twitter.

Thousands logged on to see the images and read first hand accounts.

"Troylivesay" wrote, "Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. it is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy."

Others logged on to ask for prayers.

"The horror has only just begun and I beg you to get on your knees - I truly mean **on your knees** and pray for the people of this country," another user wrote.

Now, people across the globe going online to see how they can help and where they can send money.

"Crheinga" a student from Michigan, wrote "My spring break is the 1st week of March - How can I help in Haiti?"

The social networking site Facebook posted a page listing the organizations sending aid to Haiti with links on where to donate.

Communication in the country is slowly improving, but until it's back up many Haitians will continue to turn to the Internet for hope and prayer.

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