Facebook is testing “I’m Safe”, a disaster Message service

Facebook is testing some very important and invaluable features we maybe required when disaster strikes, this new feature may help users to notify their loved ones about their safety during an emergency.

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Facebook is testing its new Disaster Message feature in Japan, this is how it works, A button will appear on a user’s page when an emergency hits their area. Users can click the “I’m Safe” button, instantly notifying friends and family they are out of danger, Awesome! isn’t it? How amazing could it be, to know that your family and friends at the disaster stuck area are safe, and how more amazing would it be to know it from the person itself.

This Facebook feature allows users to send a safety message in mere seconds, the development can transform Facebook from an entertainment and social platform into a Web community service portal too, capitalizing on its efficiency, reliability and widespread popularity in a new way.

Along with the I’m Safe, a list of area friends would pop up, along with their statuses. The message board would let those in the affected area share information about what’s going on, spreading vital information about care centers, medical resources, or remediation efforts.

In the U.S., residents in Joplin, Mo. took to social media to connect after power disruptions disabled landline telephone service following a tornado, illustrating the many ways people are using social media in emergencies.

This could be used in conjunction with the Google’s Crisis report Page. During the 2011 Tsunami Google setup a Person Finder, which help find missing people from the disaster, with 616,300 people being recorded. Person Finder was originally developed after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and was launched again just two days after the Japanese earthquake.

Twitter has also helped to mobilize during a disaster, Mumbai Blasts for one, people spreading information with a HashTag to form a public group chat and now twitter has enabled access via satellite, this may help people to access twitter from the remotest part in the world, if you are lost on an island or in a Rainforest, one tweet and you could be rescued.

Anyways, Facebook get a HUGE HUGE Thumbs UP from The DNetWorks and we hope that are more alike feature come out of their den.

The DNetWorks Team