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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims: YouTube Launched Person Finder.

After the disastrous Earthquake and tsunami in Japan, all the organizations and individuals are trying their best to help the Japanese peopleYoutube have also stretched their helping hand. Google has now launched the YouTube Person Finder – a tool it hopes will make it easier for missing people in Japan connect to their loved ones.

Tai Hasagawa, Product Marketing Manager at YouTube, announced the YouTube Person Finder on the YouTube blog. Tai writes:
“Our hope is that this channel will help victims and their families to establish each other’s safety, and that the video messages will reach many viewers and motivate them to contribute to the recovery and restoration of the disaster-stricken areas.”

Currently, the channel hosts only a few dozen videos taken at shelters and shot by the Japanese station TBS; in the future, though, individuals will be able to upload their own messages. Those looking for loved ones can search by name, hometown or shelter. Like Google’s Person Finder, it’s a relatively simple creation with potentially massive implications for those involved.


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