We’ve got 3 new posts at BPOilNews.com about the use of social media and crowdsourcing to empower the public to help with the oil spill at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf. The Louisiana Governor’s Homeland Security Department has an active Twitter account (@GOHSEP)that is well-used, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is using crowdsourcing to map locations where oil has been observed. At BPOilNews, we were surprised to find ourselves crowdsourcing possible solutions for stopping the oil flow or limiting the damage to shorelines.
Within days of starting the BPOilNews.com site, we began receiving unslolicited suggestions for dealing with the spill. Some of these come from people in the oil industry, and at least one of these people has tried to approach BP with a type of boom that sounds as if it would be superior to what is being used, but BP has no interest in talking with the man. We’re posting these Gulf oil spill suggestions at BPOilNews.com, and we’re hoping that one brilliant idea can come from the public to really make a difference. If you’ve got a suggestion, please fill out the contact form on this site or at BPOilNews.com.