Social Media Brings People Together for a Cause: Dallas4Japan

The latest reports are saying the earthquake in Japan on March 11th, could become the most expensive earthquake in history. I was at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) surrounded by the best and brightest in the techie and social media space when I heard about the tsunami. For the following days I saw tweets, instagram photos, Facebook updates, and blog posts of people rallying the support of their friends and network to donate a few dollars or post a donation link on their blog. Mashable's Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: 7 Simple Ways to Help post has over 15,000 Facebook shares and 6,000 tweets.

The 7 ways include:

  1. Text to Donate
  2. Donate via Facebook
  3. Buy Virtual Goods (games and apps are donating money)
  4. Embed a Donation Bar on your Blog/Website
  5. "Like" a Cause page on Facebook that is donating per number of new fans
  6. Tweet (specific hashtags)
  7. Donate via iTunes

The Social Media Club of Dallas has an 8th option - attend an event! SMCDallas along with (in no particular order) AAJA, AIGA, AAF Dallas, DFW AMA, DFW SEM, IABC Dallas, PRSA Dallas, Texas Young Professionals (whew that's a lot of acronyms) and growing number of individuals are joining together with a goal of raising at least $3,000 for the American Red Cross.

The event is Thursday, March 24th from 7-9pm at Aloft Dallas Downtown. All proceeds from ticket sales ($10) will benefit the American Red Cross to support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Buy your ticket and add any additional donation you'd like at

As an individual, you can:

  • Register and attend the event on Thursday
  • Share this post on Facebook and Twitter
  • Tweet: Join #Dallas4Japan on 3/24
  • Invite your friends on Facebook