Currently travelling with his girlfriend in New Zealand Rob confirmed along with this picture of the hostel they that they were thankfully safe, and had escaped the earthquake unharmed. Several pictures like this can be seen over the internet, especially through User Generated Content (UGC) and posted on sites such as YouTube and Flickr. A flood of links were posted over twitter, which is where I first heard about the earthquake on the morning of the 22nd February. To be honest if I didn’t go on twitter when I did, I probably wouldn’t have found out about the disaster until hours later that day.
It is times like this when social media is a great means of communication. Through its usage, Rob was able to connect with his loved ones in which they could comment back, confident that he would read it. This picture acts as a documentation of the earthquake, and therefore informs the public of the severity of the earthquake. Due to the high technology of web 2.0 people are able to share this information on the internet and are able to interact through commenting on the UGC.
Similar usage of social media is recognised in the live blogging of journalists in Egypt. Due to the near internet black out while the protests were taking place in Egypt the public were desperate for news. The live blogging of Al Jazeera became a popular source of information. The international news network streamed current videos and pictures (pictured right) of the protests and demonstrations thst were taking place in Egypt. The network was an effective source of information throughout the crisis, and the brilliant usage of the social media is responsible for this!