The Eyjafjallajokul Volcano in Iceland erupted on April 17, 2010. Social media gave valuable assistance and emotional support to those effected, described by Identityspecialist.wordpress.com’s “Social Media and Volcanos” . This is probably the best justification for incorporating location-based services (LBS)
into social media applications I’ve seen to-date. While civil defense and emergency response is completely beyond the scope of location based cell apps FourSquare, NearbyTweet, GPS-driven Gowalla and even Facebook and Google, it sure is a nice recourse to have in a situation like this. The civil authorities can do their job, and individuals can help each other too.
But I still have major concerns about privacy and personal safety with potential exposure due to LBS usage for social media when there is NOT a crisis or natural disaster in progress….