I found an article about the hostage situation in Mumbai, India this weekend. Apparently social networking sites and blogs were used by some of the hostages in the hotel, and that blood donations were solicited by users of Twitter (a social networking site) for specific hospitals who were running low on supplies in the aftermath.
"Mumbai is not a city under attack as much as it is a social media experiment in action."
the above quote sums it up pretty well, i guess this counterbalences the webcam suicide story, even if alot of the posts during the situation contained misinformation and outlandish rumors.
The internet can be a vehicle for compassion as well as a cesspool of indifference and cruelty depending on what people choose to use it for.