Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Social media as a tool to share their personal stories

Activist's Web site, tweets put new face on homelessness
By Valerie Streit
December 1, 2009

"Fourteen years ago, Mark Horvath was in crisis. The former exec was living on the streets in Hollywood, California, where for a dollar he let people take a photograph of his pet iguana, named Dog... Horvath returned to Hollywood Boulevard, this time as a featured speaker at the 140 Characters Conference, a Twitter-inspired gathering attended by movers and shakers in social media. Horvath told the audience how he uses an arsenal of social networking sites -- Twitter, Facebook, Whrrl, MySpace, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr -- to illuminate the plight of the nation's homeless."

On Twitter, he has a combined 10,000 followers to his two streams, @hardlynormal  and @invisiblepeople

Horvath posts unedited video interviews on his Web site: InvisiblePeople.tv.