Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Power of Social Media

Yesterday three bombs exploded in three of the most crowded areas of Bombay during the most crowded hour of the day. The phone network came crashing down- whether jammed with calls, or blocked, nobody knows. But unlike previous times, there was twitter and there was Facebook. Co-ordinating volunteer effort, seeking and sending information, preventing rumours from taking over, connecting people wanting and offering help. The flurry of SMSes soon died down- people used the social media to exchange information, keeping the phone lines free for urgent calls.

Always underestimated the power of the social media. Not any more. It rocks!
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12 comments:

LTM said...

I heard about that on NPR yesterday, and instantly my thoughts were with you. So glad to read you're doing well and able to manage. ((hugs)) be safe~ <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So sorry about the bombings! It's amazing how well connected the world is now with the internet.

Hart Johnson said...

Wow. Amazing positive use there. I am so sorry all that happened Natasha. Do they have anyone claiming responsibility?

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - I am so glad that you and your family are OK. That bombing - so horrible and senseless!! I'm just glad you are safe.

Deb and Barbara said...

I feel like I got this news late -- and then rushed over here to see if you're okay!!! Couldn't believe it. I know Mumbai is a huge city, but you always think of the people you know in times like these. Take care!!!

PS you have a great mention in our blog today (great in that it's tied to a very inspiring story) xo
B

Chuck said...

Natasha, I have a guy who works with me who is from India and I said something about Bombay and he said it was no longer called Bombay but something starting with an mB sound. Please clarify.

PS. He blamed the Pakistani terrorists for the attack. I told him one person who couldn't be responsible...Bin Laden!

KjM said...

I heard of the bombings - and was immeasurably saddened. I'm Irish. I know what that can do to a society.

I'm glad some of today's technologies served a purpose above their initial uses.

Wishing you peace.

megha said...

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Jan Morrison said...

It is good to know that social media can work for the good! Thanks for this.

Jan Morrison said...

It is good to know that social media can work for the good! Thanks for this.

Aleta said...

I'm so sorry about the bombings. Technology can be there when we need it the most, to keep on touch and know that loved ones are OK.

Blessings to you and your family.

Faith Pray said...

So very sad about the bombings! My thoughts and hope are with you and Bombay.

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