Will Social Media really be able to save lives?
Japan is considering standardizing Twitter’s use for emergency communications. During a government panel in Tokyo Tuesday, Twitter Japan head James Kondo tweeted he hoped users would soon be able to place emergency calls on the network, PC World reports.
It’s not a new notion for Kando, whose company has been updating the Twitter Japan blog in recent weeks with tips for tweeting in the event of an emergency.
“If your circumstances allow, please add #survived to your tweets. This will help when family and friends that are worried about you search on your welfare,” says one entry, translated by PC World.
Twitter was vital for victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, but that’s far from the only time the social network has saved people’s lives. Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, a news anchor tweeted an address where two people were still trapped. Emergency workers were able to dig them out two hours later. Well-timed tweets have also prevented theft, kidnapping and suicide.
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