Craig's List vs. Katrina
Keith Axline writes in Wired News:
Local community websites have sprung into action to assist hurricane Katrina survivors with everything from blankets to offers of shelter in their homes.
With cell and landline phones mostly down, the web has emerged as a champion amidst the wreckage. E-mail, instant messenger and blogs have proven lifelines for communication.
In relief efforts, too, the internet is proving invaluable, as websites have become hubs for putting badly needed goods and services directly into the hands of people who need them most. Where organizations like the Red Cross discourage anything other than financial donations, sites like Craig's List allow people to meet up with victims for face-to-face aid. Craig's List users have flooded the New Orleans site with offers of shelter and comfort.