Recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick brings up an ever increasing issue, staying safe on Social Media. Social Media was extensively used to get the word out to stay indoors and lock doors to stay safe from a gunman on a rampage. A hashtag was even created to help the population zero in on recent news and events pertaining to safety. The communication speed of Social Media was there to help a situation, and utilized by the RCMP.
There is another side to Social Media being used in these situations and that is, hindering a situation. Police also urged the population to refrain from tweeting police activity to try and remain in the upper hand of the situation. It was determined that the gunman was monitoring Social Media. It had to be stated for everyone’s safety to refrain from using Social Media to tweet the operation. Here is an example where Social Media can both help a situation and hinder a situation.
Social Media can be used for fun, for informing, as a marketing tool, and so on but it’s important to learn to use it to #Staysafe as well.
Did you know, when you take a picture on your mobile device it also embeds the photo with a location as to where that photo was taken? That could be a useful tool for people in the business of breaking into homes. At certain times the picture posted is an open invitation to your home. If you don’t instill a security lock down of your Social Media accounts then expect the unexpected.
Mobile users posting pictures can alleviate some safety concerns by removing the location embedded in the photo by using an app called DEGEO. DEGEO removes the location before the photo is posted. Definitely a #staysafe tool.
#Staysafe and research methods on staying safe in this new world of Social Media.
I would like to close by posting a picture of the fallen RCMP of the most recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick. May they Rest in Peace.
Photo Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen
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