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Hurricane Sandy & Social Media: 5 Must-Reads

When natural disasters strike, social media sites are often the first places people go to find, and share, information. Here are 5 must-reads on Hurricane Sandy and social media.

Hurricane Sandy Social Media

Facebook, Twitter abuzz with Sandy chatter, photos
By Barbara Ortutay Whether you call it Frankenstorm, Stormpocalypse or simply Hurricane Sandy, the giant weather system barreling into the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter.

Hurricane Sandy: NYC tweets, Instagrams, and crowdsources an unfolding disaster
By Adi Robertson From tweets to SMS to data dumps, social media goes broad and deep in a disaster. “We are sharing as much information as possible,” says NYC Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, “so [the open data community] can help disseminate it and apply it.”

A handy Web guide to tracking Hurricane Sandy
By Deborah Netburn The TV networks are tripping over themselves to keep you informed of Sandy’s every movement, but if you prefer to turn to original sources to get your information, you’ve got lots of options on the Internet and through social media.

Hurricane Sandy Showing Social Power Of Instagram
By Steven Bertoni Hurricane Sandy is here. As the monster storm slams New York City I’m glued to two vital news sources: my TV and my Instagram account.

7 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos You’re Sharing on Social Media
By Annie Colbert Fake Hurricane Sandy photos flew around Twitter and Facebook on Monday, as users shared jaw-dropping images. Unfortunately, the race to post the most striking pics has most folks skipping the all-important fact check.

About Chad Richards

Chad is Senior Social Media Manager at Firebelly Marketing, a social media marketing agency. Connect with him on Twitter and Linkedin.