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State Department TweetReading Rachel’s blog post last week about social media apologies really got me thinking…is that really the new norm? What else is becoming more normal to post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

Then the 6.2 earthquake hit Italy and the U.S. State Department tweeted this: “U.S. citizens in #Italy if you’re safe after the earthquake please contact family/friends, check in on social media.”

Wow.

I know Facebook has the feature to check in as “safe” during a disaster—I think I first saw it in use during the Paris attacks last November—but I have never seen a governmental organization urging its citizens to check in this way . It makes sense I guess. Actually call your loved ones like your mom, dad, sister, brother, significant other, and then check in to let the rest of the world know you’re ok.

What do you think about it?

Sara Goodwin
Sara Goodwin
Account Coordinator Sara is a Maryland native who moved cross country to join the team at HMA. She is passionate about digital media and knowing what’s upcoming in new technology, whether it’s apps, social media platforms or hardware. She enjoys hiking, reading and traveling. Check out Sara's full bio

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