Social media prepares for Hurricane Gustav

Sun, Aug 31, 2008

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The Web 2.0 world right now is doing what it does best; sharing information, passing links and exchanging ideas as we prepare for Hurricane Gustav to hit the US Gulf Coast.

A sample of some pertinent social media activity (please add other good ones in the comments below:)

At Every Dot Connects, our thoughts and prayers are with those who are facing this storm. If you are in a position to help, online or off, please do so.

This post was written by:

Sheila Scarborough - who has written 31 posts on Every Dot Connects.

I'm a writer and speaker specializing in tourism,travel and social media. Co-founder of Tourism Currents.

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7 Comments For This Post

  1. Miguel Guinaliu Says:

    Does anyone believe that Twitter is not useful?

  2. Marti Says:

    Thank you for sharing these links. My thoughts and prayers will certainly be with all those in the path of this storm.

  3. Suki Fuller Says:

    Ernie Svenson is staying in New Orleans. His twitter page is

  4. Marina Martin Says:

    Has someone put together a resource that someone unfamiliar with social media can quickly read, understand, and put into place?

    Social media is a GREAT idea for something like this, but we have to be careful of the “echo chamber.” I want to forward information to some not-very-tech-savvy people and I’m not having luck finding anything.

  5. tbikeev Says:

    Most active conversations on twitter related to #gustav can also be found here:

  6. Sheila Scarborough Says:


    Try Social Media in Plain English, a short Common Craft video.

  7. Tim Says:

    If I may, I’ve created a rather new website called Personal Hurricane I’ve recently added forecast tracks, computer forecast models, surface observations, radar and satellite imagery, and more. I believe this info will come in quite handy for this in the path of Gustav and Hanna (don’t forget Ike coming off the African coast!).

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