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Social Media in a Time of Disaster…

In Posts by Sarah McNiff on March 15, 2011 at 4:02 am

With everything going on in Japan right now, you may find it hard to believe that social media would be a concern.  However social media sites are being used to connect people with their loved ones.  The 8.9 magnitude earth quake knocked out electricity sources and nuclear power plants, yet the Internet connection remains mostly unaffected.

Check out…”Social Media Plays Vital Role in Reconnecting Japan Quake Victims With Loved Ones” at http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/internet-intact-japan/.

Social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Person Finder and the Red Cross Family Links are being used by Americans to contact their loved ones, and to make their whereabouts and conditions known.  According the article, “the number of tweets from Tokyo topped 1200 per minute” and that was less than an hour after the quake occurred.  “On Friday March 11, 4.5 million status updates by 3.8 million users mentioned the words; ‘Japan’, ‘earthquake’, or ‘tsunami.'” (http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/how-facebook-users-reacted-to-the-japan-earthquake-tsunami-animated-graphic/)

I think this goes to show how social media is growing in our society and becoming a significant communication tool.  Even in times of devastation, this is the source many go to first.  It’s a faster more convenient way to connect with loved ones, especially those that aren’t affected by the devastation directly.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this devastating disaster in Japan and the surrounding areas.

 

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