Social Media and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Relief – “Overcome” – Live (Cover by Jason Aron)


INTRODUCTION
Social media plays pivotal roles in our lives. It resulted in the ‘Arab Spring’ bloodless revolution. In fact, social media has such power and potential influence that China has banned it. There is another venue called ‘renren’. But facebook, itself, is banned for fear of the uncensored information and communication it could offer the Chinese. Occupy Wall Street also kept the public aware of its activities through social media.

Arab Spring

Arab Spring takes to the streets © Kate Taylor

 SOCIAL MEDIA VERSUS THE NEWS
Social media can provide unlimited awareness to a situation or issue. On the other hand, televised news is limited. It cannot cover in detail what social media can. TV news has to move on to the next latest news. Social media can cover a topic in great detail as long as there is input and interest.

HURRICANE  SANDY
Social media has been invaluable in the case of Hurricane Sandy, the worst storm to ever hit parts of Long Island, NY. Facebook has become an invaluable tool resulting in a means of communication, spreading information and fundraising.

facebook page for a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

A facebook page, Long Beach Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

 ACCESS
Ironically, the people with the least access to the Internet as a result of the storm are the ones who may benefit the most from social media. Those who have ventured into the devastated areas have been able to get information out so that help can come in from informing those outside of the devastated areas.

facebook page for Hurricane Sandy Relief for NJ

A facebook page, Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund

 FUNDRAISING
In doing so, these social media news reporters tell the stories and take the photos that document the destruction and the aftermath of the storm. There are now a myriad of facebook groups and pages that have sprung up from Hurricane Sandy. They inform the public about what has occurred. Facebook groups have become experience sharing and information reporting venues. Pages also function as information and donation ‘sites’.

Hurricane Sandy - Pictures from the Crowd

A facebook page, Hurricane Sandy – Pictures from the Crowd

 24/7
These facebook groups and pages are accessible 24/7. They are alive long after televised bytes pass on as yesterday’s news. Social media continues to be a source of support and assistance particularly to the residents of New York and New Jersey.

Scott and Ali_boarwalkTwo Long Beach veterans visit the remains of the
Long Beach NY boardwalk © Phil Jacobs

CONCLUSION

Social media is playing a crucial role in the recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Once again, social media is taking its place as a toolkit to record and access history.

SOURCES AND PAGE LINKS
Social Media’s Bloodless Revolution

Occupy Wall Street’s facebook page

Arab Spring really was social media revolution

China ban facebook, twitter, google and youtube

Renren, The Leading Real Name SNS in China

HelpMeDonate.org

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Long Beach NY

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Likely To Be Largest In U.S. Since Katrina

facebook event fundraiser

 

 

About Alison Gilbert

Through decades as an entrepreneur, I developed ventures in over a half a dozen industries including HEALTH FOOD | GRAPHIC DESIGN | BUSINESS PROMOTION | HOLISTIC HEALTH | DECORATIVE PAINTING | SOCIAL MEDIA | PUBLIC SPEAKING | WRITING. Eventually under the umbrella of ALISON*S ART, INC, they evolved into the dba MARKETING BYTES, a hybrid company specializing marketing small business using social media marketing and traditional graphic design services. Currently retired, I am focusing on teaching social media marketing graphic design and visual journalism. I can be messaged through www.facebook.com/alisondgilbert and tweeted @MktngBytesMaven and @AlisonsArt.

Philanthro-Tweet: Using Social Media for the Greater Good

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Let’s face it, celebrities often abuse their rights of stardom and do stupid things that become broadcasted on every social media Website and news outlet. We don’t always care that recent Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert moved into her New York City home with her fiancé, that Kim Kardashian went bowling with her hubby or how Lil Wayne celebrated his birthday, yet these are popular topics that trend in the Twitterverse.

However, there are some famous personalities who use Twitter and Facebook for the cause of the greater good, like the CW’s One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush, for example.

Sophia Bush has been an active philanthropist for a few years now, dabbling in eight projects at a time to help save the environment. On her Crowdrise fundraising page, she shares her charitable life with the world, rallies donations and constantly keeps her fans up to date on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Bush originally thought social media Sites were for people who just wanted to post irrelevant things (like how some people will write what they wore, ate, and how many times they went to the bathroom), but gave in on Dec. 15, 2009 and has amassed 407,765 followers since then.

The disaster that sparked her Twitter interest? The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Here’s a video of Bush with her One Tree Hill costar/ real-life boyfriend, Austin Nichols from their visit to the Gulf Coast:

Bush dreams big; big enough to have raised a total of $92,181 for all eight of her projects combined. Those projects include: Team Nature Conservancy SF ($52,192), Run for the Gulf ($18,192), Global Green Gulf Relief ($14,067), Massai Villagers Need a Truck! ($2,529), Friends of NWHS-Global ($130), Meditation for at Risk Kids ($190), Art of Elysium Rocks! ($3,347) and Massai Wilderness Conservation Fund ($1,459).

If you think that’s a lot, just wait — there’s more. Bush created her own limited edition Water Bobble, which, with every purchase, 50 percent goes to the Nature Conservancy’s fight to protect nature. She also won the 2011 Do Something Twitter Award for her environmental activism against celebrities Ashley Green, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and Eva Longoria.

Here’s a quote from Bush, written in September of last year article: “That’s the most exciting thing, that all of these people coming out of the woodwork and contacting me and joining the teams on Crowdrise are all people who genuinely want to make a difference. We have voices and we have the ability to act, and the ability to create change.”

Sure, she may get paid close to $100,000 per episode on One Tree Hill and therefore has the money to advocate so strongly for the environment, but she is only one person. It makes you wonder, what have you done to save the environment lately?

If you want to become one of Sophia Bush’s #LittleVoices, visit her Twitter account, @SophiaBush or personal Website www.sophiabush.com, for more information.

Sources:

Crowdrise: Sophia Bush

Water Bobble: Limited Edition Sophia Bush

VH1 Do Something Awards: Twitter

AOLTV: One Tree Hill Star Sophia Bush Talks Twitter and the Continuin

About Vanessa Canner

Vanessa Canner is a freelance writer for Patch.com and other Long Island publications. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Adelphi University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism and a minor in English.

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