How “fun stuff” can save lives


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I’ve blogged before (and here) how I believe that online “toys” like Twitter or Google Maps’ MyMaps feature can — after enough people play with them — become powerful platforms for telling stories and sharing information — and can even save lives in an emergency situation. That’s why I play with this stuff.

This morning, NPR ran a story about how the San Diego public radio station, KPBS, despite being temporarily knocked off the air because of the wildfires, used Twitter (remember, it can be subscribed to via text-message) and MyMaps (embedded above) to keep their listeners informed of the life-threatening events surrounding them.

If you are not “playing” with Twitter, Flickr or Google Maps or other forms of easy-to-create and use conversational media, read (or listen to) this story.

  • Andy

    I heard this story this morning, too–and I immediately thought of this blog and your posts about the Times-Picayune after Katrina.