Social media is a powerful way to connect with the world. If used properly it can even save your life. Many tweets and status messages have been useful in the past when it came to natural calamities and other life-saving incidents. Mark Zuckerberg and team did a wonderful job by creating a disaster management board during Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The latest addition to this cause is the Safety Check tool. The company has rolled out this especially for times like natural disasters so that users can notify their friends and family about their safety via Facebook.
Today Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook saying,
”Safety Check is our way of helping our community during natural disasters and gives you an easy and simple way to say you’re safe and check on all your friends and family in one place. It’s meaningful to be in Tokyo to announce this because the great earthquake and tsunami a few years ago, inspired us to build the first version of this in Japan. Now we’re glad to have this ready to serve everyone in the world.”
The safety check tool is based on the users location, which is used to track you whenever the location is hit by any calamity. Your list of friends and loved ones can make sure you are safe with this tool’s notification. The way it works is extremely simple and helpful. If any mishap or natural disaster occurs near your location, this Facebook tool asks you about your well-being. This way you get to notify everyone by doing a safety check and marking yourself safe. All those worried friends and loved ones are also able to see this update instantly.
You are not alone when a disaster strikes, Facebook understands that. The tool therefore helps you to mark the friends you want to check on as well. So it creates a connection between the safe and worried instantly. The three step safety check appears to be extremely useful and gives more power to social media.
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