Don’t be the Grinch who stole Christmas. Thus said the Department of Social Welfare and Development as it appealed to Internet hackers to spare its Twitter account from malicious mischief as it opened a new one to coordinate relief efforts for victims of typhoon Pablo following the hacking of its old account.
As a tropical country, the Philippines experiences an average of 20-25 storms every year, causing considerable loss of lives and properties.
As the US East Coast slowly cleaned up from superstorm Sandy, those hoping to help the millions without power or food took to tweeting, posting and crowdsourcing Wednesday to mobilize much-needed aid.
The Twitter “troll” who became an online villain after several false tweets about the destruction of Hurricane Sandy has apologized and resigned from a Republican congressional campaign.
Instagram, the photo-sharing app recently acquired by Facebook, came into the limelight this week as a key source for pictures showing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
The giant weather system barreling up the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family, relay emergency information and lighten the mood with humor, it’s clear that discussing natural disasters on social media has become as much a part of the experience as stocking up on bread and batteries.
The on-time weather information on the Project NOAH website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will now be accessible on mobile phones, thanks to a fisherman’s son.
As heavy rains battered Metro Manila and inundated many areas of the capital, an outpouring of messages of support and sympathy flooded the social microblogging site Twitter from international and local celebrities.
Netizens trooped to social networks to get updates on flooded roads, direct rescuers to stricken areas, raise donations and point those stranded to temporary shelters.
Smart Communications, Inc. has set up free call stations in Metro Manila and Cavite.
Several concerned citizens used the social networking site Twitter to call for help for flood victims and to give situationers in affected areas.
Responding to widespread criticisms that the government was caught flat-footed by Tropical Storm “Gener,” Edwin Lacierda, President Aquino’s spokesperson, said Monday that relevant government agencies had issued advisories since 8 p.m. Sunday.
Named after the Biblical ship that saved lives—man and animals—from massive flooding, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) introduces Project Noah, which aims to help Filipinos make informed decisions in times of typhoons.