Hopes for Chch tribute to go viral

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Today marks five years since the devastating Christchurch earthquake and a Nelson woman is hoping that Facebook users will pay their respects through a “virtual flash mob”.

Becky Siame says she wanted to do something to commemorate the earthquake, which struck at 12.51pm on February 22, 2011 and killed 185 people.

So she has designed a message that Facebook users can sign up for and it will automatically post on their wall at the exact time the earthquake struck. “It creates a virtual flash mob effect. People just sign up, click a button and the message will be posted on their Facebook wall. I thought it would be a great way to get it out there as a tribute,” she says.

The idea isn’t new, it has been used in the United States before but it will be the first time that it has been done in New Zealand. “It’s a tiny action but it’s a tiny action that could have amazing results. I see it as the internet version of the two minute silence.”

To sign up visit http://getbehindit.nz/campaigns/christchurch-earthquake/ and click which social media you’d like the message to be posted to.