Government Social Media Reacts to the Storm – The Communication Evolution

Hurricane Sandy might go down in history as the first natural disaster to really go viral. The Huffington Post reports, More than 244,000 photos have been posted to Instagram with the hashtag #sandy, according to app founder Kevin Systrom. More than 144,000 more have been posted under #hurricanesandy and another 23,000 photos under #frankenstorm.
"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," Systrom said in a statement that was posted to Poynter.
And it's not just the public that is using social media to document the storm. NASA released this satellite image on their Twitter page of the scope of Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA Director Craig Fugate also took to YouTube to help get out emergency information. Check out his message here.
Facebook also played a big role in the storm. Throughout Sunday, Monday and Tuesday NOAA and the National Weather Service continued to update their facebook page with pictures and emergency information.
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