I recently learned of this website through David Lee King’s blog. There is quite a story of the site’s beginning and unique purpose. Our homeless citizens have a resource devoted to them. The tag line on the web site – “Sign Up Speak Out Be Seen. Helping You Connect to the Social Web”. Check out the video on their home page to learn more about the man who brought the site online.
“… launched the WeAreVisible.com social media literacy website to help homeless people learn how to use the Internet to tell their stories, build community and connect with support services.
WeAreVisible.com’s mission is to give people dealing with poverty and homelessness the tools they need to get online and have a voice. The site teaches them how to sign up for email, open a Twitter account, join Facebook, create a blog and, in general, take advantage of the benefits of online social media. It also has the potential to become a model for virtual case management as it helps build a community among homeless people and support service providers.
WeAreVisible.com is a complement to the InvisiblePeople.tv video blog (vlog), which was launched in 2008 to make the “invisible people” in society more visible. Together, the two sites offer homeless people a unique opportunity to take part in the Internet revolution.”
I took some time to tour the web site and found they have great, easy-to-use tutorials on how to set up Twitter, Facebook, and email accounts. The tutorials are great for anyone — well done!
The head of Invisible People, Mark Horvath, is spear heading this project, and is reaching out to public libraries. Do check out the WeAreVisible website.
- We Are Visible: Mark Horvath Launches Website To Empower The Homeless With Social Media (huffingtonpost.com)
- Celebrating Free Agents: Mark Horvath Launches WeAreVisible (bethkanter.org)
- We will be seen, we are visible (osocio.org)
- YouTube Spotlights InvisiblePeople.TV & Helping Homeless Today (laist.com)
- A Dog Is Often a Homeless Man’s Best Friend (homelessness.change.org)
- Becoming Visible (chrisbrogan.com)