Sunday, August 22, 2010

YouTube helps fight homelessness today

YouTube joins the fight against homelessness today as founder Mark Horvath guest curates the site's homepage with videos that smash stereotypes about America's most forgotten citizens.

The opportunity to curate YouTube's homepage coincides with the halfway point of's 2010 Road Trip U.S.A., which is dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families in 28 cities tell their stories using online social media (including one with me!).

Armed with a hand-held video camera, laptop computer and smartphone, Horvath is posting unedited reports from the road trip on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

"I'm honored and very grateful to YouTube for providing this unique opportunity for homeless people to share their stories with a massive global audience," Horvath said.

The videos that Horvath curates will be featured on YouTube's homepage for 24 hours, and permanently available on's YouTube channel. In addition, a Q&A with Horvath is featured on YouTube's blog.

"Our goal is to use social media to expose the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions of people face each day," Horvath added. "With YouTube's help, we're making the 'invisible people' in society more visible by bringing them out of the shadows where they are too often ignored."


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