The spreading pertinence of social media to crisis and security incidents is shown in a post on the In Case of Emergency, Read Blog blog – “10 Reasons Social Media Is Important In A Real Crisis.” Social media channels can reach people who wouldn’t be tuned in otherwise, especially younger ones.
One of the biggest points is No. 3 – “Social media networks are dynamic: the content can be updated in real-time, from diverse users, to share the latest information about real needs and progress.”
Also No. 9 – “Curation: Twitter Lists and Hashtags are well-suited for identifying reliable sources of up-to-date information.”
…and No. 10 – “Geotagging by social network users provides important context to the information being shared.”
Check out the whole list if you’ve been wondering about the applicability of social media in a crisis.