Twitter Can Help Spread the Word During Disasters

by PocketGoddess on October 24, 2007

I’ve been following a few of my friends on Twitter since soon after it premiered; the service allows me to keep up with short updates as often as each one cares to post. It helps me to stay in touch and is one of the coolest (and most useful) things to hit the Web in a while.
I was surprised though when I ran across a posting on Wired today that suggested folks should use Twitter during disasters such as the devastating wildfires currently affecting so many in Southern California. I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but it makes perfect sense, especially in our electronic age. There are two different Twitter channels to follow for the American Red Cross; one gives information about open shelters in disaster areas, including instructions on what to bring, and the other allows users to send messages to the ARC Safe and Well web site, which friends and family members can search to learn more about your status if you’re in a disaster zone. Click through the link for more information, including a YouTube video that offers other helpful tips for using Twitter during disasters.

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