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License to Drill

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

This week President Obama announced the expansion of domestic offshore drilling, especially off the East coast. This news comes with the intent of decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and simultaneously continuing to work on alternative energies. Well you can’t say we aren’t multitaskers here in the US of A.

Obviously the reactions to this announcements are mixed (how odd). Even the comments under this YouTube show some pretty strong reactions. It appears that some think this is a much-needed step in the right direction towards weaning off of foreign oil. The others, this is a terrible decision that sacrifices our coasts and threatens entire marine ecosystems.

Reactions in Congress are mixed as well. Both member of the House and the Senate have taken to Twitter to express their support/disdain. Also, these reactions differ among politicians in the same political parties. While Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) Tweeted: @Mark Warner: Pres. Obama’s offshore oil/gas exploration anncmt is good news & positive step forward for VA & will help expand domestic energy production, Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is not a happy camper.

In fact, Pallone has Tweeted a number of times to show his concern of how this drilling will affect the Jersey Shore (take that how you will). Pallone also took to his Facebook page to write: Offshore drilling on the Atlantic Coast invites an environmental catastrophe that would have severe economic consequences for New Jersey.

I was reading through the responses to this comment, but it turned into a battle royal between some Democratic and Republican constituents so I decided to move on. He did get 15 likes though.
On the Republican side of things, it’s also pretty complicated. House Republican Leader John Boehner retweeted a tweet about a comment he made: John Boehner: RT @Drudge_Report: Boehner: Decision Keeps Vast Majority of America’s Offshore Energy Resources Off Limits… Other Republicans are simply saying its a step in the right direction.

@NatResourcesGOP has been a very actively tweeting about this new decision. I’ve been following them since this decision because this page has really done a good job of providing information and links. One interesting link I found through this tweet: Offshore oil drilling might make environmental sense (via @washingtonpost) #energy #tcot #drillgate — which discusses the possible environmental GOOD that could come from offshore drilling. They also link a tweet to a Rasmusen Report showing that 72% support drilling.

While I try not to interject my personal beliefs into this blog, I will again end with a video of one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite muppets:


Natural Disaster, Meet Social Media

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 at 3:04 am

Last Tuesday, Jan. 12, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti near its capital of Port-au-Prince. The devastation caused in its wake is nothing less than catastrophic.

In this time of dire need, social media is providing politicians, news organizations and even private citizens the means to inform, advocate and provide aid for those affected by this disaster. This situation is the perfect example of what social media is allowing us to do. Just a few years ago, the speed of information dissemination or even donations was exponentially slower because we lacked these incredible tools. I mean it wasn’t until two months after I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina that I had even heard of Facebook… let alone Twitter.

Doing some preliminary web browsing for this blog, I plugged in Haiti to a search in Google Trends. I found that before last Tuesday, Haiti was a little searched topic, making a minor spike in 2004 when President Bush announced he was sending troops in.

Continuing my skimming I decided to dig a little deeper and find the myriad of ways people are helping. I discovered three outlets that have stepped it up for this cause: YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.


If some say a picture says a thousand words, how many does a video say? While we are all (mostly) guilty of primarily using YouTube as a source of humor, it really says a lot that this outlet is evolving into a more comprehensive and informational being. YouTube users have provided us with all sorts of videos about Haiti from shocking clips of human suffering to PSA announcements.

Have you seen CNN’s YouTube Channel?  Anderson Cooper’s valient attempts to help a small boy drenched in blood was unbelievable. I’m pretty sure just about everyone saw it judging by how many hits it had (224,514 in just two days). If you haven’t seen it here it is…

It doesn’t stop there. Public Service Announcement from current and former White House inhabitants further show the power of video. Michelle Obama is featured in a PSA pleading with the American people to help those in Haiti. Also Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton teamed up and released this video.

I’m really digging the bipartisanship on this issue, despite what Rush Limbaugh may say…


Haiti may have broke the record for longest standing trending topic. It literally has not stopped trending since the actual event. Honestly, everyone from Ashton Kutcher to your hip aunt has been tweeting about Haiti. Yesterday around 7 pm I clicked on Haitiand within a minute there were 300 new tweets., my favorite site to track political tweets has been following the members of Congress tweeting it up about Haiti. @Senate Republicans gave some updates on what individual Senators have been doing. One such tweet was about Senator Thune urging support for Haitian adoptions. And while there aren’t as many dems on Twitter, those that are have something to say about Haiti. But what everyone in Congress is talking about today, despite your side of the aisle, is the legislation passed in the House allowing Haiti aid contributions to be tax deductible. Go team.

That being said, @RedCross is blowing up right now. Of the information out there, this organization has stepped their game up. Not only do they give updates on the conditions and donations, President Obama allegedly tweeted via their account (he pushed the button). What’s great about the Red Cross using Twitter is the information they give is short and quick (i.e. the purpose of Twitter), but still getting the point across quickly to a mass number of people, who then retweet it to even more people. Maybe that’s why Haiti has been trending for so long?


Of the three types of social media, is the juggernaut of the clan. By that I mean it has the most stuff you can do with just one site. There are thousands of groups and pages with hundreds of thousands of members and fans all trying to show support for the victims of this tragedy. Not only that, but people are updating their statuses with information about how to use text messaging to donate to Haiti.

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin wrote a note (quasi-blog post for Facebook) on her fan page about how to donate via text messaging. With 1,222,077 fans, only second to Barak Obama, her note was “liked” by over 12,000 people. That’s a lot of Facebookers to reach in one paragraph!

One Last Thought… DONATE!

Though it has been nine days since the earthquake it seems as though things may get worse before it gets better. On that note, its good to know that people still care. Do what you can by donating to the Red Cross efforts in Haiti by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999. I know this is a blog about social media, but this is pretty important stuff.