YouTube helping with search for missing in Japan

Mar 18, 2011
Japanese rescue team workers walk amongst the destroyed houses and debris from the March 11 tsunami and earthquake in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture. Google offered up YouTube on Friday to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami find missing loved ones.

Google offered up YouTube on Friday to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami find missing loved ones.

The Google-owned video-sharing site began posting videos of victims of the disaster appealing for information about friends and family.

The brief videos, most of which are less than a minute long, were taken in shelters around Japan and are posted at .com/shousoku.

The "YouTube Missing Person Finder" is a video version of a "Person Finder" Web tool launched by in the immediate aftermath of the quake to help track down missing persons.

The "Person Finder" was tracking nearly 330,000 records as of Friday.

Google is also posting lists of residents of shelters on photo-sharing site Picasa.

Google has established a multi-lingual Crisis Response Page with links to the "Person Finder" and other resources such as emergency hotlines, relief organizations, travel information and maps.

A Google spokesman told AFP on Thursday that a number of employees of the Internet giant were devoting a fifth of their work time or more to building technology to help to deal with the disaster in Japan.

Google has long allowed employees to spend 20 percent of their time on engineering projects that interest them but which don't fall into their usual area of focus.

Explore further: Twitter takes note of other apps on smartphones

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

UN moves to strengthen digital privacy (Update)

Nov 25, 2014

The United Nations on Tuesday adopted a resolution on protecting digital privacy that for the first time urged governments to offer redress to citizens targeted by mass surveillance.

Spotify turns up volume as losses fall

Nov 25, 2014

The world's biggest music streaming service, Spotify, announced Tuesday its revenue grew by 74 percent in 2013 while net losses shrank by one third, in a year of spectacular expansion.

Virtual money and user's identity

Nov 25, 2014

Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.