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Facebook's Safety Check Activated For First Time In US
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Joe Stanganelli
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6/25/2016 | 2:06:30 PM
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@vnewman: Lamentably, with things like this, people tend to confirm their safety incidentally anyway by using Facebook to post political rants on their opinions about how the disaster could have been averted.

Which leads to unfollowing Facebook friends.

Which leads to people not knowing their safety status down the line.

But then, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody's there to follow it on social networks...  ;)
vnewman2
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6/24/2016 | 7:48:44 PM
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@joe that would seem to make the most sense and I would hope that is the way it works but I suppose we will have to wait for disaster to strike to know firsthand.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/24/2016 | 11:15:07 AM
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@vnewman: Of course, FB can ram it down users throats the same way they do other features.  If a catastrophe occurs in a City X, FB could have a big thing at the top of their feed asking them to "check in as safe" or whatever if the user's profile indicates that they live in or near City X or have recently checked in there.
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6/14/2016 | 1:58:13 PM
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@Joe - Right-o.  So in the height of an emergency where your life is at risk, do most people have the mindset to activate a feature they've never seen or used before?  Probably not, once panic sets in. 
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6/14/2016 | 7:51:42 AM
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Yea I haven't heard much about it outside of InformationWeek, thanks for keeping us informed guys. 

That said, it sems like a pretty handy feature, especially since traditional channels are usually rammed with users when this sort of terrible event happens.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/14/2016 | 6:27:04 AM
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For my own part, I would have no idea of this feature's existence if not for 1) the notification I received that one particular friend of mine in Orlando who used it, and 2) InformationWeek's coverage here.
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6/13/2016 | 2:12:20 PM
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Good points @Joe - I was also wondering - is there an alert that the safety check is turned on so that people know it's available?  If you miss the notifcation, are you out of luck?  I wonder how it appears to someone in the danger zone.  Does anyone know?
Joe Stanganelli
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6/13/2016 | 12:51:07 PM
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On the one hand, this seems like a long-overdue functionality.  Being a Bostonian, the Boston Marathon bombing immediately comes to mind as cell service was clogged while people attempted to reach loved ones to try to confirm all was well.  Ditto for the all-night car chase through Cambridge and Watertown a few days later and the following day when Watertown, Boston, and surrounding areas were almost completely shut down by police during the manhunt.

Ditto for other events that have happened throughout the country.

On the other hand, an "I'm okay" status update accomplishes the same thing.

When I checked Facebook today, I received a notification telling me that a friend of mine in Orlando was marked as safe.  That's good.  But this is now, what, a couple of days later?  Not to mention the fact that this friend of mine is a married woman who works extremely long and late hours and whom I had no reason to believe would have been anywhere near the vicinity of the Orlando shooting.  All this notification did was remind me to worry about other FB friends of mine in Orlando (needlessly, to be sure).

So it's kind of a blessing and a curse.  Still, at least FB's innovating here.


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