Archive for October 30th, 2012

Facebook, Twitter abuzz with hurricane chatter

The giant weather system barreling up the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family. It’s clear that discussing natural disasters on social media has become as much a part of the experience as stocking up on bread and batteries. 

 As of early afternoon Monday, the hashtag Sandy had 233,000 photos on Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. 

As they waited for the storm to hit over the weekend, people posted photos of hurricane-preparedness supplies ranging from canned goods to board games and bottles of wine. Empty grocery store shelves where bread should have been also showed up on Facebook and Instagram.

 There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag sandy – most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors, said Instagram CEO Kevin Systorm in an emailed statement. 

 On Twitter,  Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Jersey were among the top trending topics in the United States. Forecasters expected the hurricane’s center to come ashore in southern New Jersey Monday evening. 

 Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley reminded his more than 53,000 Twitter followers to “ALWAYS BE CHARGING”.

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What is EverySignal ?

Social networks keep us connected to the people but sometimes the important updates from friends, family and co-workers can get buried amid the constant stream of posts. In this matter EverySignal helps.

The service, which launched Tuesday, lets you set up alerts for important updates shared by your connections on Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can also set up additional categories to filter results, such as “Obama” (if you want to see how your friends feel about the election) or “Shopping” (if you care a lot about what your connections buy).

After you’ve selected your categories or events, the service will send you a daily email organizing the posts from your connections that fall under each one.  At any point, you can also remove people from being included in these updates.

In the future, Derek Merrill, the CEO and co-founder of EverySignal said he hopes to expand the service to other social networks, and launch a mobile app.

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