Social Media and Volcanoes

Do a search for this.  The ash from the Icelandic volcano has over taken Europe.  Many of the airports in Europe have closed.

People that are stranded in Europe are using social media to catch rides and find people that will help them.  There are facebook groups and hash tags that are helping people get home.  They are using Twitter and Facebook to get tricks and tips on travel.  People are asking their followers on Twitter who is driving to where and whether they can catch a ride with them.  It’s pretty amazing to see the street innovation of social media.

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  1. This is probably the best justification for incorporating location-based services (LBS) into social media applications I’ve seen to-date. While civil defense and emergency response is completely beyond the scope of location based cell apps FourSquare, NearbyTweet, GPS-driven Gowalla and even Facebook and Google, it sure is a nice recourse to have in a situation like this. The civil authorities can do their job, and individuals can help each other too.

    But I still have major concerns about privacy and personal safety with potential exposure due to LBS usage for social media when there is NOT a crisis or natural disaster in progress….

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