BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- As the East Coast endured an earthquake and hurricane, many relied on social media last week to find out what was going on and keep tabs on loved ones. It was a luxury we didn't have a decade ago when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon."After Sept. 11, 2001, the way people were communicating about missing loved ones was posting paper fliers all over New York City," says Jeannette Sutton, senior research scientist for the University of Colorad at Colorado Springs' Trauma, Health and Hazards Center. "Then, a couple of years later, with the tsunami in Asia, there were significant numbers of people who were missing. Instead of putting paper fliers all over the place, people were posting pictures on Flickr. You saw, very quickly, the movement of how people were sharing information, shifting from physical, direct communication to online communications."
|Since 9/11, Twitter and Facebook have evolved into go-to resources following disasters.|