It's called crowdsourcing and it's the modern day equivalent to all hands on deck.
, sent out an email alert to everyone who wanted to help find the missing Malaysian plane. So far, more than 2 million people using their computers have gotten in on the search.
Once you log into the website, you can look at hundreds of satellite images that have been taken over the Indian Ocean. Each satellite image is the size of 2,500 square feet. On the website you are asked to tag anything that looks like a plane wreckage, oil slick, rafts or unknown items. If enough people tag a particular location, then the authorities are notified.
This same technique was used after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to assess damage to buildings and roads caused by the storm.