Monday, 28 March 2011

How did Quakebook begin?

Everyone who writes about, reports on or buys #Quakebook is going to have one simple question: how did this all start?

So, after some searching around, I traced the origin of Quakebook - both the name and the original idea. Here is the series of tweets from @ourmaninabiko that will answer the questions you all have.

When you buy your copy of Quakebook, you'll see that the first three tweets below have been given the first page in the book, opposite the copyright listings. That's how important these words are to us, to this project. They formed the germ of the idea for everything we have done since.

Within 4 minutes, the idea was being fleshed out:

And a mere 17 minutes later, we find where the original inspiration came from:

So, that should give every reader and journalist the information they require about how this started!

And where did the name come from?

It was pointed out quite quickly, by @marikurisato, that he had the hashtag right there!

You may note that the 74 submissions had come in a mere 15 hours from the original idea. Which says something about the power of the Internet and those who use it. And how willingly people from around the world jumped in to help those in Japan, who despite all they were going through, also found the time and energy to write about their experiences. Now, there are just hours to wait to Buy the Book!

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