Social Media Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims
"Anyone in North Houston have a boat and can rescue a 3 &6 yo, mom, gramma and grandpa and 2 dogs?"
The above Facebook post from someone trapped in Hurricane Harvey signals the power of social media to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, often a distraction, prove to be a way to marshal the forces of good and summon aid. Twitter, which didn't exist (shocking!) in 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis wreaked devastation on the continental U.S., offers resources and advice according to Mashable, which notes: "Much of the sourcing is coming from Twitter, whose short messaging format is perfect for this kind of emergency event."
Federal agencies and citizens have an equal voice and chance to help and to spread the word--for example, this inspiring video from Twitter user Alyson Ward shows the good work being done:
And then there's the Reddit Hurricane Harvey Live Megathread.
If you despair about social media, just remember it can accomplish some positive things.