Social Networking and the Virginia Tech shooting

April 16, 2007 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

As I listen to this tragedy streaming live, my ears perked up at the mention of the benefits of Facebook as students search for their missing peers. Students are using Facebook, since phones are jammed and the school internet service is disrupted, to check in with loved ones, look for friends, alert others that they are ok, or disseminate necessary information (be it unofficial). It makes me think about other cases of mass displacement that could have benefited from social networking sites: 09/11/01, Hurricane Katrina, Columbine, even the Oklahoma City bombing. It is amazing these unintended uses of social networking mediums.

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