Twitter isn’t just for Instagramming pictures of your dinner and venting about your ex through Taylor Swift lyrics! The site that sometimes kills relationships has actually saved lives! From kidney transplants to earthquake relief, here are a few ways Twitter has helped people around the world:
+ Chris Strouth (@chrisstrouth) Tweeted, “Sh*t, I need a kidney”…then got one!
In dire need of a kidney transplant, Chris Strouth Tweeted, “Sh*t, I need a kidney.” Way to be straightforward! Of the 19 people who replied, an old friend -- Scott Pakudaitis -- turned out to be a match. The only organ I have ever Tweeted about is my liver...
+ Doctors in Japan use Twitter to save lives after earthquake
After 2011’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many phone networks became unusable…so doctors used Twitter to tell patients where to get life-saving heart medication. Over 60 patients were contacted, and those 60 re-Tweeted the message out to over 100 others.
+ Twitter keeps people safe in Mexico.
In at-risk areas -- specifically those frequented by drug cartels -- many people have taken to Twitter to warn Mexican locals and tourists about where and when it is and is not safe to travel. Last night, my ex just "happened" to be at every bar I went to. Is there a Twitter account that can keep me updated on his whereabouts and where it is safe to bring my new boo?
+ Arijit Guha (@poop_strong) Tweets insurance CEO and gets him to cover his medical bills!
Arijit Guha is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, and in less than a year, his $11,000 per session chemotherapy treatments quickly surpassed his insurance company’s $300,000 lifetime limit. So what’d he do? He Tweeted the CEO of Aetna, Mark Bertolini. After a heated Twitter exchange, the company agreed to cover everything! A liiiittle more productive than the Drake/Chris Brown Twitter war, yeah?
Chris Strouth hopefully won’t need a new kidney any time soon, but if you’re interested in becoming an organ donor, check out the Action Link below!