As you know, Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on our east coast but unlike other hurricanes, Sandy is also taking over social media networks. Social media is playing a major role in this hurricane in multiple ways. Phone lines are getting bogged down with people checking in so instead people are posting to their loved ones as a way to check in and let them know what is happening. FEMA even recommended texting and posting online via their Twitter feed. They also told their followers to use these networks to help give tips to others about the storm path and to offer tips about how to stay safe.
According to USA Today, “#Sandy has had more than 4 million mentions by almost 400,000 unique sources on Twitter, says Radian6, which tracks social media use. “Hurricane Sandy” was the top phrase on Facebook in the USA in the past day, the social media giant says. Other terms in the top 10 include “stay safe,” “storm,” “East Coast,” “my friends” and “prayers.” On the mobile photo sharing site Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, there were 233,000 photos with the hashtag “Sandy,” 100,000 under “Hurricanesandy” and 20,000 under “Frankenstorm” as of Monday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.” Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom reported, “There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag ‘Sandy’.”
Sandy is definitely a unique storm, not only in how it is moving, changing and dumping a TON of water, but how people are reacting and communicating. Social media has changed how we act on normally, but it is nice to know it can come in handy in severe situations like this. Our thoughts are with all of those who are affected by the storm and keep posting so we know you are safe and sound!!