April 29, 2009
Posted: 05:59 PM ET
There's been much talk in the past couple days about how useful social media is, or isn't, for disseminating information during an emergency.
A writer from CNET sums up the situation well:
On Tuesday afternoon, I posted an update to my story about the controversy over swine flu info on Twitter. I found it interesting that the top spokesman for the CDC told me he thinks social media's role in the swine flu outbreak has been positive, on the whole. From the story:
Furthermore, Nowak said studies show that, in a crisis, people tend to get their information from multiple sources. They also rely most heavily on information from the medical community, he said.
The social media conversation continues today. Check out Facebook's maps and charts that show how much traffic this story is getting there. And, of course, CNN has interactives and a map to help you understand the story.
Or, you can always follow the CDC on Twitter.
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