How Did You Hear?

Social media has played an interesting role in big events lately, from efforts helping the tornado victims in Alabama to breaking the news to many of Osama Bin Laden’s death.

We really saw the power of social media during the storms in Alabama a few weeks ago. News organizations were tweeting to get live coverage from all over, and people put Facebook to use immediately to stay updated, set up recovery groups, and connect lost people and items. Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa took off with great success and is now a “nationwide grassroots network,” organizing relief efforts for the victims of the April storms. Another amazing Facebook page that really shows the worth of social media is very simply named, “Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes,” and already has over 100,000 likes. From this page’s “likes” there are numerous other pages related to relief efforts, such as “Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11.” It’s wonderful to see that both pages are full of success stories.

Social media was literally at the center of another breaking news story this past week, as well. From someone accidentally “reporting live from the raid” by tweeting from next door to Keith Urbahn’s tweet before it was officially announced, news of Osama Bin Laden’s death spread rapidly. Mashable conducted a poll to see how people found out about the death and Twitter is reigning on top:

LWT Advertising Blog Poll Photo Osama Death Tweet

These are the instances we get to see the real potential and immediacy of social media. Did Twitter or Facebook play a part in either of these events for you?


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