social media’s role in a emergency

How was social media used for Hurricane Sandy?

Below are some of the good and the bad of social media use demonstrated during Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy: Use Twitter to find open gas stations and businesses
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/hurrican_sandy_use_twitter_to.html

How Government Officials Used Twitter for Hurricane Sandy
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/how-government-officials-used-twitter-for-hurricane-sandy/

Hurricane Sandy shows dark side of social media
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/30/hurricane-sandy-social-media-errors/1668911/

Hurricane Sandy Looting: Some Users Broadcast Plans On Twitter, Authorities Put On Alert
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/hurricane-sandy-looters-broadcast-plans-on-twitter_n_2044338.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

It seems that for social media to really be effective plans have to be created well before an event. People need to know where to get good information. During Hurricane Sandy there was fake information, bad information, confused information, etc. There were so many Twitter accounts for Hurricane Sandy that people could not follow them all. One interesting development is the use of social media for organizing looting. Did social media help create crimes of opportunity?

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