When Facebook and Twitter came on the scene, most people only saw these sites and others like them as a way to disconnect, become online social instead of in-person social and littered with useless personal information. Even today, so many people continue attribute these sites only for trivial daily updates about a person’s life. This needs to change.
After Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the only way most people were able to connect with family and friends was through social media. I read that while phone lines were down, Internet connections were intermittent allowing people to connect through Twitter, Facebook and Skype.
I also read that Twitter registered 1200 tweets per minute from Japan less than an hour after the earthquake hit.* I learned about it through Twitter.
And don’t forget that in 2008 the attacks in Mumbai were first reported through Twitter and Flickr.
I will admit I love sharing information through social media channels. Quotes, deals and savings, business information, and updates from my friends and family. But more and more, I see how important it is to sharing news, world news. And for that, I’m grateful.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.