Tag Archives: Hurricane Sandy

Thanksgiving 2012 was Instagram’s biggest ever day

Instragram had its best ever day on Thanksgiving 2012It is often said by social media detractors that people only use social networks to share what they are eating. That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to Thanksgiving and Instagram.

Towards the end of last week Instagram announced that Thanksgiving was the photo sharing apps biggest ever day. In a blogpost they said that over 10 million postings relating to Thanksgiving were posted last Thursday.

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Did Hurricane Sandy outage show Tumblr is the future of publishing?

Gawker created a Tumblr site during Hurricane SandyWhen hurricane Sandy flooded an ISP server basement with five feet of water, it brought down Gawker Media, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post. The sites couldn’t just wait for everything to come back online, so they built Tumblr backup sites instead:



“While BuzzFeed was able to salvage and reconstruct its site in a matter of hours, Tumblr played host to Gawker Media’s arsenal of popular sites like Gawker, Deadspin and Gizmodo for nearly a week.


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The Whirlwind of Social Media: Does social actively change the way news stories unfold?

Barack Obama: social media was a big part of the 2012 US Presidential election campaignSuperstorm Sandy and President Obama’s re-election are two of the biggest stories to have dominated social media in the past few weeks. In both cases, Twitter acted as a platform from which to gain breaking news ahead of the curve, as well as the usual avenue for thought trails aired the world over. Joan Collins expressed her sheer devastation following Bloomingdale’s temporary closure during the storm, while the presidential campaign engaged voters through excessive tweeting, hash tags, liking and sharing. The increasing impact of social networking is obvious.

Yet these instances can also lead us to an interesting question. In a digital world, where newspapers and websites are constantly updated and accessed through computers, tablets and mobile phones, is social-media actively changing the way news stories unfold or is it just another avenue through which to access news? Read More »

Instagram has its big citizen-journalism moment

SuperStorm Sandy gives Instagram its citizen-journalism momentWhat is currently the biggest thing in social media, to which you should really be paying attention? It is always a tough question to answer, even more so this week, in the wake of the US election campaign, in which social media and digital played such a central role to Barack Obama’s re-election.

Was it a decisive factor, though, and was this ‘the Twitter election’ at which we looked in depth in yesterday here on The Wall.

We could debate that one for a long time, for the life of the next Presidency even, but one thing is not debatable. Every now and again, a game-changing event comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. Read More »

The good, the bad and the ugly of social media during Superstorm Sandy

The good, the bad and the ugly of social media during Superstorm SandyThe devastation of Superstorm Sandy (also dubbed Frankenstorm) is still being felt across much of the east coast of America, it claimed more 66 lives in the Caribbean before making its way to the US, where the death toll is now over 70.  There are eight million homes in 17 states without power and there’s an estimated cost of $50bn.

Although the immediate danger of Sandy has passed, the relief efforts, clean up and re-building will be ongoing for many years to come.

Social media has historically played an important role during crisis and times of natural disaster, and Superstorm Sandy is no different.  The word Sandy has been mentioned in social channels more than 4.8 million times and there are many examples over the last few days of how social media has been used by Government, organisations, brands and individuals for support, information, fun, trolling and… marketing.  Let’s take a look at some of the good, the bad and ugly examples. Read More »

News Fakers: Twitter troll apologises for posting fake hurricane Sandy news

Hurricane Sandy: this scary looking shot of high seas surrounding a wave-battered Statue of Liberty turned out to be production art from the disaster movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'A hedge fund analyst in New York City, Shashank Tripathi, apologised last night for posting fake Hurricane Sandy news updates on Twitter. Tripathi who uses the Twitter handle @ComfortablySmug sent out a series of fake tweets claiming more dire news about the storm hitting New York City.

One tweet about a floor of the New York Stock Exchange being flooded was widely retweeted. He also falsely claimed that an energy company, Con Ed, was cutting services to all of Manhattan.

The fake Tweets were not an isolated incident. Fake pictures were also rife. The image here? That’s not from Hurricane Sandy. This scary looking shot of waves battering the Statue of Liberty turned out to be production art from the disaster movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. Read More »

Hacking Hurrricane Sandy – online community comes together against storm

We all know the  increasingly outdated and cliched image of hackers – a young, socially awkward man, in a basement causing chaos (this despite the best efforts of Angelina Jolie). There is now a more socially aware type of hacker coming to the fore, using social media and opensource tools to build digital projects to help their community.

Hurricane Sandy, which has already swept across the Caribbean and is now hitting the East Coast of America, has illustrated this perfectly.

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