Twitter crowdsourced China earthquake in realtime
May 12th, 2008

A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province Monday afternoon. Details were given in an early report from Xinhua on Thaindian News and China View.

The Online Journalisme Blog of Paul Bradshaw keeps the world posted on twitters crowdsourcing role. Even BBC’s blogger Rory Cellan-Jones admits being quite impressed by the impact of the twitter coverage. And this is how media expert Rex Hammock expresses his observations:

The folks “playing around” with Twitter are creating something that is not just about “play.” It may remain an “edge” medium — a global police scanner for the news obsessed — but I stand by my predictions that Twitter will become the source people will turn to in the early, confusing moments of breaking news stories.

While the mainstream media scrambled to put up their “breaking news” headlines Robert Scoble alias Scobleizer, was early to tweet the news. Quickly there were live radio interviews, pictures, google maps, videos all being sent in real-time, says VentureBeat.

Rex continues stating: “As stories develop, the traditional models of reporting will kick in, but Twitter — because one can post to it via text-message, IM, e-mail, (and via secondary services, voice-to-text, audio, video or photos posted elsewhere can be converted into or alerted via “tweets”) — is a powerful eyewitness and message-relay platform.

And for the record, if I’m ever “inside” a breaking news story, Twitter is where you’ll find me“.

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Young Dutch Twitterer CasperOdJ and German microblogger Trusip were among the first live reporters from Chengdu China, while Bill twitters as Niubi from Beijing.

On Summize China’s latest earthquake info is wrapped up and there is a wikipedia page available on the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Enough with the racist and antiracist comments. This isn’t free speech. It’s name calling and a waste of time.

2 - John Wan

Above all,I should tell you everybody have a love . It’s not waste of time .
It’s really terrible .I’m a undergradate Le Shan city of Si Chuan province in Chiana.I readed book on 5 fifth on library when the earthquake happened. I had feld powerful qucke ““Just begaung I don’t know what was happened. Even I don’t thought is earthquake.Maybe it was second time felt it.The first is last summer vacation when I stay at Le Shan ,but just less than 3.2
So nothing was destroyed.
5.12 maybe I cann’t forget it forever.““
everybody live in terror of quake “`any a little aftershock let us afraid ““
Whatever I hope anything will be well.

3 - 塔塔 chu

there are still more than ten thousands of people kept under the distroyed buildings,they’ve been kept there for days because all the roads to WENCHUAN(the center of this major earthquake)is ruined,pourly rain begun from right after the quake and last till now,so rescuer team can’t get to WENCHUAN by air eather.some said WENCHUAN is “like hell”’s such terrible disaster that I couldn’t ever hundred thousand of special forces and professional doctors over the country are sent to SICHUAN.I hope they can get WENCHUAN fast enough to save more lives.though I’m in BEIJING I feel so sad,it may happen to anybody anywhere.we chinese people love each other,we human beings love each other.let’s pray for them


I am a cameroonian who have once been in china for over three years but am now in my home courntry.
Chinese are very welcoming and with such a terrible catastrophy i feel depress. including the attack of the virus that has been killing children since last year is realy a misfortune;
Am pleading for any one who is reading this mail to pray for China that God should protect them mightily for ever. And let the olympic games come to pass without any futher calamity.
i would like to ask about my friends Lee Miao, Li tao, Jing miny, August, betty, Bright and the entire team of chin yin yao guangzhou and the Chinese English School Henan county side in Hunan province south of china.
May God Bless u all.

5 - zeba

i think that the earthquake was a terrible disaster and hope it never happens again but many were injured and those he died in the earthquake we wish them a place in heaven

6 - aimee

oh my god!
im going to be 14 in two days and im studying this at school. it has really opened my eyes to the people who have been hurt themselves in the disaster and the people who have lost loved ones in it. they are really suffering without the things thet we take for granted like water,food,and just basic housing to live in. and to think of allthe greif they are having over the olimpics studying this topic has realy changed my mind abou these thing and i will no longer take things for granted.
my best wishes to all in china and anyone who was affected in this disaster
good luck

7 - David

Gerrit, this site is number one in Google for “china earthquake”, how about putting up a link to where people can donate money to help with the rescue/relief efforts? I’m looking around and in general it’s actually surprising and shameful how poorly organised global donation collecting is for such things (for example local Red Cross’s could be collecting and pooling donations in order to save bank charges — it’s extremely inefficient if thousands of people all over make tiny international transfers) … nobody seems to be in gear, yet the Internet could and should be helping.

8 - JR

can anyone tell me how can i donate to them in Malaysia?

9 - jack

if you want to donate,i would like to help you.i can offer the specific way of offical accepting help .You can link this site or email to me.certainly you may leave you phone or addess to contact you.faithfully appreciate you for your support to our nation’s disaster.

10 - jack

address:the Information Center Of the sheng li cai you chang The ShengLi Oil Field China(中国胜利油田胜利采油厂信息中心).

11 - Peter

I’m a Chinese live in Chengdu city,these days i experienced too much. i’m lucky because i’m still living. all i want to say is thank you, thank you for your attention, thank you for your aid, and thank you for your blessing.

12 - Sandy

Go to, find an organization, and donate to it.

13 - 塔塔 chu

i wanna thank you for all your love and careness fistly.i was surprized when i check this site again saw so many people worried about china even we don’t know each other at all..i’m strongly touched.thank you…and second i suggest everyone not to donate your money to any unknown or unregular systerms…governments of lots of countries already donate money for SiChuan i’m sure there are ways to donate at your local government or the Red Cross…also i think Jackie Chan’s foundation is quite trustworthy.thanks again you all,we felt the love

14 - 塔塔 chu
my myspace website.

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