In the wake of the Japanese earth quake and tsunami, social media has shown to be an increasingly important method for transmitting a live feed of events, keeping the world up to date on the disaster. This has become more popular in recent disasters and for people posting photos and their experiences about how they had been affected when disaster strikes.
Twitter has been a key source for many people around the world following the events. Trending hashtags on Twitter included #prayforjapan, #japan, #japanquake and #tsunami. People were promising to update their feeds when they receive more information, showing further the importance of the micro blogging site for updating people on natural disasters.
News and media organisations around the world have been showing up to date coverage online. Governments are also keeping the world updated by releasing valuable information as it comes in on their websites. The US government has also issued tsunami warnings for much of its western coast online.
Google has provided a website in Japanese and English to help to locate missing friends and family members. Its real-time search facility also came in to good use today with a new constantly updated tab being added to give a count of the number of real-time results being logged.
This activity shows just how important social media and live blogging has become to keep people up to date with world affairs and leads to the question, what would we do without it?