Monthly Archives: May 2014


Video Widget Added

According to some comments we added video widget in the sidebar to entertain you; interestingly, we found some videos related to “saving life” has some issues other than disaster relief, although they do have disaster-like titles. Hope you enjoy it!

Search Results for Iquique Earthquake, 2014

We use keywords “2014+Iquique+earthquake+disaster+relief+paypal” to search both search engines at hand: + Qihoo, and list the first 150 results as follows (sorry for the inaccuracy, the goal was to roughly classify the content of links):

我們用手邊兩個引擎尋找智利大地震請款的訊息,並列出前150個結果如下以供後續粗略的分析: disaster relief/ relief/ relief/

Paypal checked module added and others

We once had results from, AOL, and Baidu but right now we lost them because they use more advanced protection schemes from auto-fetching.


We are introducing 2nd level of homepage parsing just in case the real useful information is from the links sited by news websites, or blogs.


We use the functionality provided by Paypal (because they wanted to preserve some sort of trust between buyer-seller, which could be easily applied to the relation between donor-donee); there are still a lot of choices, maybe bitcoin could be one option if someone knows fraudulent protection schemes (am I too innocent?) Slashdot fans, wired magazine readers, what do you think?


Redundancy Keywords are filtered.

If you’ve seen our previous post, it shows redundancy keywords because we monitored news released on consecutive days, and right now in each post, for one disaster, you will only see one section of search results in the blog article.

之前的blog po文是每天發布的災害報告都search一次(會重複因為災害發布是每天發布一陣子例如最近10天的天災),現在則是一篇blog文章裡關於同一個災害只search一次.

Thanks for all fantastic comments

This small site still under testing so you might read redundant messages. Please come by when you need them (the information). Might adjust it to a daily update basis once we tune our components well.
Besides, you see our points – just helping those nonprofits which might not be covered by mainstream help. And we are not very interested in testing compatibility issues for browsers or systems, or something like security issues from other websites. There are experts out there. And we are not interested in Big Data – that’s why we use meta search – there are too many brilliant guys out there dealing with Big Data, so let them be.

我們收到一堆奇怪的指教,不過還是謝謝你們.因為本小站正在測試所以一小時發一篇文章,等穩定狀況後會改回一天發一篇.另外我們並不是對網站平台系統相容性有太大興趣(我們假設wordpress的社群已注意到這些問題),或駭客技術,或最近正在推的”Big Data”,因為已經有很多高手致力於那些技術性議題.

Search Results for “Typhoon Morakot” 莫拉克颱風 from

We use keywords “2009+Morakot+typhoon+Taiwan+disaster+relief” to search and get the following few results. It might due to the variety of choices of cash payment methods in Internet at Taiwan. If you are interested, you are welcomed to analyze your results via other keywords (e.g. Google Wallet, iBon, PCHomePay, etc)with us.


Filtering Search Results

We have added the hyperlink functions in our post so that you can check them more easily.

We believe that engineers working in search engine companies do make efforts to solve problems related to combination of keywords and loss of structure in sentences (like the famous ‘Paris Hilton’ example).
The first layer of search results returned by search engines are not very accurate, even if the year is specified in the keywords. We have added the functions to filter those normal patterns out – including too old records, incorrect years, etc.

Search Results for Sichuan Flood 四川水災 at

The following are the search results of Sichuan Flood by using keywords “Sichuan+flood+2013+disaster+relief+paypal” at

我們使用“Sichuan+flood+2013+disaster+relief+paypal” 分析四川水災請款的活動,並在qihoo.com網站上找到以下前100項結果(假設使用者很有耐心捲了10頁的話):

A rough analysis:
10% ending with .org (which is good because they could be official websites of nonprofits which might be set up for specific disaster happened), more than 40% are either blogs or news or magazine websites, and the rest are roughly commercial websites (e.g., products for disaster prevention or relief). Which means, we might need the second level of search. The number of news websites maybe due to the regional factors (where the search engine company comes from).


Archived News: PayPal Freezes Out Katrina Aid



PayPal Freezes Out Katrina Aid
Cyrus Farivar Email 09.08.05

On the morning of Sept. 3, Rich Kyanka set up a PayPal account to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims, with the intention of donating the money to the American Red Cross.

Kyanka runs the popular Something Awful web community, which is hosted in New Orleans, and donations came in quickly. Within nine hours, Something Awful readers had donated $27,695.41. Kyanka donated an additional $3,000 from his own pocket.

“While we are a very cynical and bitter and adult humorous site, when actual tragedies strike, we try to band together and try to help out,” the 29-year-old said.

But just as Kyanka prepared to send the money to the Red Cross, the account was locked by PayPal, which launched an investigation into possible fraud.

Kyanka said he thinks PayPal became suspicious because too much money came in too quickly. PayPal spokeswoman Amanda Pires would not discuss details of the case, citing “privacy concerns.”

This is not the only post-Katrina fund-raising account PayPal has locked. Members of the forums at dealmac also say a charity account was frozen.

“My account was red-flagged by PayPal for keywords in the hurricane disaster-relief fund,” wrote fund-raiser Danny La on the dealmac forums. “On the phone they said that unless I was a nonprofit group then I could not collect (money for charity).”

In an attempt to unlock the Something Awful account, Kyanka faxed copies of bank statements, credit card statements and his driver’s license. However, in an e-mail, PayPal told him he would have to wait “between three and five business days” while the investigation continued, Kyanka said.

Kyanka said he asked PayPal to donate the money directly from the account to the Red Cross.

However, PayPal declined, saying it has an exclusive charity relationship with United Way of America.

When Something Awful members complained about the choice of organization — citing, among other things, theft by the former head of the United Way of the National Capital Area, Kyanka decided to refund all the money back to donors and have them donate it directly to the Red Cross.

PayPal’s Pires refused to say why United Way is the only charity that can receive donations through the PayPal website. However, she said it is “rare” for accounts to be flagged for potential fraud. In the second quarter of 2005, the service had a loss rate of 0.19 percent of total payment volume, which, during that same period, was $823 per second, she said.

“In this case, we worked out a solution that we believe the account holder was happy with,” she said.

Kyanka said he remains frustrated that the money was not donated to the Red Cross directly.

“I would have been happy if I could have donated money to the Red Cross but having people refund their money and go on this donation drive where nothing got accomplished, that didn’t really make me happy,” he said.

Kyanka said he could understand PayPal’s concerns about fraud, but suggested that perhaps the company could have handled the situation differently.

“You’ve got to find a balance between assuming everyone is guilty and treating your customers with respect,” he said.

Choices of Search Engines and Social Network

For search engine results: we don’t aim to be bound by some specific API so we just try out search engines with relatively easy results. If you want to contribute your effort you are always welcomed.


For Social Netwoork: we do found some Twitter official search results which immediately reflect the alert of disaster, or maybe names of organizations which can help, but do not contain too many links of direct donation for disaster relief, or appealing towards their official websites. Similar results are found in some 3rd party search engine results for Facebook pages(2014-05-17).