Hurricane Sandy's Web Presence
While I was thinking about what to blog today, my mind kept wandering to the storm hitting the East Coast. And it occurred to me to share the places I go for info on storms, like The Weather Channel's site, Weather Underground, and maybe even NOAA.
Then I saw that Mashable! had already done my work for me with the post "How to Follow Hurricane Sandy Online." They add a few webcams and tablet apps to my list, but I feel validated that they covered my sites, too. My infojitsu's still good.
The tech blogs have interesting Sandy-related posts.
- Mashable posted video of the President's speech on Sandy
- ReadWriteWeb on how the Internet might be affected if East Coast servers are hit
- Gizmodo is live updating images of Sandy's destruction from users
- GigaOM has a brief musing on current communication gadgets vs. our grandparents' communication gadgets in time of emergency
- Lifehacker takes the opportunity
It's not all interesting, and in some cases posts just don't feel right. I may be unsubscribing to a few blogs as soon as I finish posting this. Here are some reasons why:
- Mashable's songs for Hurricane Sandy feels wrong
- Gizmodo's on notice, too, for giving attention to Tweeters complaining that the hurricane might delay their new iPhones
- Gizmodo's post about the carbon-fiber sled you can ride after "frankenstorm" (can't believe I typed that) feels inappropriately consumerist following a devastating event
I hope your friends out East --and mine, too-- weather the storm safely.
(Image credit: "Waves crashing on Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA - Hurricane Sandy" from Flickr user jeffcutler, used under Creative Commons license.)
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