I find it interesting that in the minutes following the earthquake, even before the tsunami had made much progress on its journey, the news of the devastation in Japan was all over the social network. In fact one almost could not follow Twitter if the search term Japan were included. Now, just a couple of weeks later, a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked Myanmar and the tweets can be counted by just watching them refresh.
There are 127,000,000 people (approximately) in Japan. In Myanmar there are roughly 52,000 – less than half. The number of US citizens in Japan compared to the number in Myanmar (the State Department still refers to it as “Burma”) is very lopsided. One, without too much research, can only imagine that is mirrored with other countries. Still, you would think at least a few thousand tweets would have been sent.
Then again, the story can end here with this quote from the US State Department website, “The military regime carefully controls and monitors all Internet use in Burma (Myanmar) and restricts Internet access through software-based censorship that limits the materials individuals can access online.”
Still, the rest of the world will come to their aid, their rescue, and I would not have that any other way. Meanwhile back to Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Trump … what a world we live in.