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Blog #4: Twitter, Facebook, and disasters

As someone who uses Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis, I feel that using those outlets are very beneficial to keeping the public updated with a crisis.  Considering how quickly information spreads on these mediums and how many people tune into them for that information, it allows for help and assistance to get to followers. During disasters, its a high time for people to want to get into contact with loved ones, and which in turn causes cell phone usage to be almost impossible.  This website has a blog that talks about how Twitter use is a positive outlet during disasters.

For example, I asked around some of my friends who are just as big of advocates as I am for social media in disasters, and my friend Laura said following Twitter during a disaster kept her posted.

“During the tornado that was going through Sedalia and heading toward Jefferson City, I followed The Weather Channel on Twitter to keep me updated on the storm.  If I had not been kept up to date on the disaster, I would not have been as prepared as I was.”

When it comes to Facebook, I think that people use that outlet for more personalized opinions on disasters, instead of where Twitter keeps things to 140 characters and tells the information, if you are referring to disasters.  Although I feel that Twitter may be the more efficient type, Facebook and FEMA offer tips on how to communicate during disasters.

Overall, social media these days are one of the primary ways that our generation and the generations to come will communicate with each other about disasters.  It allows people to spread information needed, and also talk about their opinions and reactions to the disasters.

  1. November 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Are there uses of social media during disasters other than receiving information? Or is social media just a faster version of older traditional media like TV and radio?

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