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Use technology and social media to help Japan's recovery



If you're looking for ways to help Japan in their recovery, look no further than the very technology you have in your hand that Japanese industry likely helped create. There are many ways to donate using your Smartphone and various social media sites. Here are just a few:

Send a text

You can send donations via The American Red Cross using your mobile phone by texting REDCROSS to 90999. With each text you will be donating $10 which will be billed to your mobile account. Last year the Red Cross used this method to raise more than $20-million for Haiti relief.


Donate through iTunes

Apple set up a link in the iTunes store where you can donate to the Red Cross for Japan relief. Suggested donation amounts are $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 with no way to change those pre-set amounts.


Donate through Facebook

Another link for donations to the Red Cross has been set up through Causes on Facebook. causes.pngThe initial goal of $75,000 almost has been reached with a total of more than $67,000 raised as of Monday morning. launched a campaign on their "Dog Bless You" Facebook page with a goal of raising $100,000 to be used to refund rescue digs in the Japan relief effort. Facebook fans were asked to simply "Like" the page in exchange for $1 from As of Monday morning the goal already had been reached.




Celebrities are getting behind the cause too. Singer Katy Perry sent out a tweet late Sunday urging people to get behind the Red Cross texting effort. At times of tragedy such as this, technology and social media can be used to make a rapid and major impact on the recovery efforts. And since it's likely your phone you have in your hand likely contains parts that were provided by the industry in Japan, it's kind of poetic to use those same parts to give something back.


[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:07am]


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