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Twitter and Facebook during Earthquakes: “I’m Ok”

June 25, 2021 | Tina Chubb

While some people may not like the concept of social networking, others believe it is a godsend. This is especially so when things like earthquakes occur. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter come in really handy during earthquakes, to let your friends and family know you’re OK.

And according to Reka Szekely at, Twitter and Facebook proved useful in that sense recently, when people started to taking to such sites following the earthquake that occurred in Ontario. Many took to social networking, to report what they had experienced.

There’s a thing in journalism called “crowdsourcing,” which means using a large group of people to get the big picture on something. And that is exactly what reported from the Ajax and Oshawa newsroom did. They just went with what thousands had been saying on Twitter and Facebook.

They even included comments from people on Facebook and Twitter in their print story. Social media can also be a great source for videos, and shortly after the Ontario-Quebec earthquake occurred, people were posting their videos onto the popular video sharing website YouTube.

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  1. edcab says:

    This is just to show the power of social networks and how they are becoming an important part of the global society. Facebook is at a half a billion people, that's incredible! This will become a great force to connect people around the world and have an effect on societies every where.

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