Like everyone else across the world right now, my heart goes out to the people of Japan. As I watched the news coverage on TV, I noticed how many times they referred back to social media.
Google has also jumped on board and has created a Person Finder for those who are looking for loved ones or for those who have information about someone.
Tweets have been translated from Japanese to English, and people have left messages on Facebook and Twitter to let loved ones know they're safe. Check out #prayforjapan on Twitter and read the inspirational tweets of courage and hope from people across the world.
Despite the devastating aftermath, there is a glimmer of hope thanks to social media's relief and fundraising efforts. Even with power outages and no access to phones, social media has connected people with their loved ones and has been a saving grace in this nightmarish disaster that has left thousands homeless and grieving.
If you have questioned the power of social media up until now, you can't question its impact any longer. Look at its vital philanthropic role with the Japan disaster and how it's helping millions of people across the world. Thanks to social media maybe a mother, child or grandparent will sleep easier tonight knowing their loved one is safe.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have lost family and friends in Japan, and for those still searching for loved ones.