Although there has been a lot of talk and hype regarding a decline in both usage and users, Facebook remains as a common place that people turn to in times of disaster to check on loved ones whether they have been active or dormant on the network. With this in mind they have launched a new feature called “Safety Check“ for all users.
During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you:
- Let friends and family know you’re safe
- Check on others in the affected area
- Mark your friends as safe
Only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.
Check out the video…
This is really the kind of toolset that we like to see Social Networks create. It’s fundamentally simplistic, solves a problem, and does so with a minimal barrier to entry. The only real caveat here is whether or not you have internet service in the disaster area.
Despite the privacy issues, data collection, and general creepiness the social network offers regularly this kind of occasional feature provides a real value… just so long as you don’t mind sharing your location with said creepers….