The last 9 days of the Japanese disaster has actually, finally, shown what the Net is for. And this is only the start.

Not only did people get texts and tweets that arrived 30 secs before the earthquake (in Tokyo) to give them enough time to move out, but since then, the reality of the situation on the ground has put mainstream journalism under a serious microscope.

The number of stories that show how connectivity has allowed people to re-connect with lost friends, families etc is heart warming. We know that over 5000 NTT base stations are out of action, but people can still communicate from Japan. And are. I’ve followed so many people in the last few days I would never have found otherwise.

There are silver linings to every cloud.

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A practising internet marketing consultant since 1996, Lindsey Annison helps companies improve their website marketing, online PR and information architecture. Lindsey is also a qualified adult education lecturer and author. As co-founder of the Access to Broadband Campaign, she has been instrumental in the provision of high-speed internet access to rural areas in the UK. Lindsey is also a past winner of's Outstanding Contribution to UK Technology