After today’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, I began to think about social media how it’s revolutionized our way of discovering current events. Today while on my break from class, I had been browsing twitter and had discovered that “#PrayforBoston” “#explosion” were trending tags. Confused, I had looked and discovered what had happen during the marathon. I was amazed when I realized that twitter was how I found out about the disaster, and I wouldn’t have known until later on in the day when someone told me, or if I had seen something on television.
Numerous previous disasters have left their mark on social media as well. This article focuses on Hurricane Sandy, and how social media was used to keep people updated on shelters, safety and weather updates. FEMA has also increased it’s use of social media to keep in touch with with people during emergencies and disasters. This article on abc discusses the Newtown shooting, and it’s impacts on social media. Many new voices have been brought to social media as a result of the proposed changes to the gun control policy.
Mashable.com also has a great infographic on how we use social media during emergencies as well.
As this class has shown us, social media is a wonderful way of keeping in touch with the world. As we pray and morn for those who are involved in today’s disasters, social media continues to prove itself to be a great tool on keeping up with events as soon as possible.