Social media is among the most pervasive and fastest growing application categories, roughly one in every eight people on earth has an account with Facebook, the most popular social media property. It has become a part and parcel of our daily life especially when it come to staying in-touch.
Netizens tend to post more thoughts than they would usually share with other people in the same room. I see so many status that really should not be posted, even to a limited audience. They’d post about the most inane, private and personal things even at times of calamities.
Here are some ways on how you can help even via social media.
1. #Hashtags, if used properly, can help facilitate exchange of information relevant and significant to those who seek information about this tragedy. As a courtesy, do refrain from using the hashtags out of their supposed functions so messages and updates are effectively tracked.
#ReliefPH (Rescue Coordination)
#RescuePH (Urgent Rescue Needed)
#SafeNow (Resolved #RescuePH)
#FloodPH (Damage Reporting)
#TracingPH (Report Missing People)
#YolandaPH (Media storm coverage)
2. Post hotline numbers, links, and contact details. In a disaster situation, it has proven to to disseminate critical information and help coordinate and facilitate in disaster relief efforts.
3. Google launched a person finder and relief map to help people locate loved ones in the wake of the devastating typhoon that whipped through the Philippines. Those looking for a loved one can submit that person’s name and have Google search a database of names that have been posted. People who want to post information are able to list their given name and their family name.
4. Try to lessen your “selfies” at this time (don’t get me wrong, I’m a certified camwhore). Allow people to post photos of their missing relatives.
5. Guys, now is not the right time to brag about your new gadgets.
6. Encourage people to help by donating comfy preloved clothes or food/water or take part in relief
7. Try posting uplifting words instead of ranting about your first-world problems.
8. Think before you react. During calamities, there are plenty of posts laughing and mocking at the victims. Chances are, those are fake accounts done by “trolls” (or haters) to make people look bad and take advantage of public anger. People forget to use their brains when emotions run high.
At the end of the days, the profiles are yours and you can post what you wish. But, if you wish to help even via social media, then post respectfully, sensitively and with some class. A little censoring and tasteful comments can go a long way.