Monday, February 01, 2010

Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Shortly after last's week's earthquake in Haiti, a group of students working in a laboratory in Colorado unveiled a project that makes it easier for victims and volunteers to tweet for help.

The lab, at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Atlas Institute, produced a guideline for a 'help specific' Twitter syntax that allows tweets requesting help to be easily processed by a computer program. The program organizes the messages by 'hashtags,' as code words used in Twitter are often called, that express need and location. Then the software can send the information to an organization providing relief."

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