As-Salam-o-Alaikum Respected Readers & Subscribers,
The use of technology and social media for effective advocacy and awareness was a key topic in recent times. But in Pakistan one of our minister who may be don’t know IT Technology and How Internet Traffic Works wants some of the social media giants to be shutdown in Pakistan. I don’t know why but he has expressed his intentions publicly. On the other hand, other nations are conducting surveys to know how people use social media in emergencies.
The Social Good Summit was held in New York from Sep 19 – 22, 2011 to know the role of social media when natural threats and disasters warnings are passed out. The Social Good Summit also highlighted a range of ways in which technology is improving our ability to get messages out.
Remarkable innovations done in the recent past history has changed the face of the earth we know and know we call it global village. Here, I would also like to pay a high tribute to Mr. Steve Jobs (Died Oct 5, 2011), for his innovations in information technology those have major contributions in today’s silicon chip life.
Let me share with you some of the facts those will reveal how we use social media in emergencies.
1:- Online news is the 3rd most popular source for emergency information.
2:-18% use facebook to get information about emergencies.
3:- 24% would use social tools to tell their loved ones that they are safe.
Also, there are devices built and programmed for purpose to locate the nearest AED devices in public areas, shopping malls, sports centers etc.
All above are positive and encouraging signs for those who thinks social networking sites are of no use/benefit. In the end, I would like to include one quote of Mary Engelbreit.
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change they way you think about it.”
To Your Health, Safety & Prosperity,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan
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