An Epic Manifestation of What Social Media Can Do

I’m about to leave for a camp trip and will be back in 5 days. No Internet connection, so you won’t hear from me for a while.

Before I go, I want to introduce you to a book that you can read while I’m away from this blog.

The book I want to introduce you to is Quakebook.

It’s a twitter sourced anthology of real stories about the big earthquake that hit Japan on 2:46 pm on 11 March, 2011. It all started from one tweet (see this video) and it was ready for publication within a week of that first tweet. It’s a true manifestation of what twitter can do – or to be precise what people can do with twitter.

100% of your money goes to the Japan Red Crosss Socieety. So, you buy this book, enjoy the stories (these stories make me almost cry, I must add), and help people in the north part of Japan recover from the damage of the earthquake and tsunami. That sounds like a good deal to me.

In addition to excellent personal stories written by Twitter users you may never heard of before, this book includes contributions from William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein and Yoko Ono.

You can get a copy of the book from Amazon (US:
| UK: as a Kindle book – no worries, you can download a reader for PC/Mac/iPhone/iPad even if you don’t have a Kindle.

Here‘s the official website of Quakebook – you can read more about it there.

Enjoy the book, help Japan and have a lovely day.