Hurricane Irma was a terrifying experience, but one made more bearable by social media.
Before the hurricane, people shared storm-track updates, offered and solicited help preparing and even shared lighter moments as the storm inched closer. During the storm, those who retained connectivity counseled one another to hold on, or announced that their power had gone out.
After the storm, people used Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to communicate news, commiserate and celebrate when the power finally came back on.
The promise of social media is that it connects people. Too often it does the opposite, but the Hurricane Irma experience was one instance where the hype lived up to its promise, where social media brought people closer together — and served as an important lifeline.
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