Trial By Fire and Volcano for Social Media LBS

The Eyjafjallajokul Volcano in Iceland erupted on April 17, 2010. Social media gave valuable assistance and emotional support to those effected, described by’s “Social Media and Volcanos” . This is probably the best justification for incorporating location-based services (LBS)

Horses Led to Cover after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic Eruption

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.      

Ash Cover After Eruption

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….

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 4:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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