In what must be a world's first, Japan is considering allowing emergency services calls to be placed through Twitter and other social media platforms.
In the review of the devastration that had been caused in Japan from the Tsunami, The National Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the country plans several meetings with the Head of Twitter Japan and other social media sites, including Mixi and NHN.
Japan is keen to embrace these new methods of communication should the traditional two-way telephone system fail. One suggestion is for people to hashtag their tweets with "#survived" if they survived a disaster. This of course would enable the authorties to contact the families and a search could be called off.
One suggestion is for people to hashtag their tweets with "#survived" if they survived a disaster.
It seemed people's usage of Twitter and social media sites in the days after the terrible events that killed so many in the country increased dramatically, and the Japanese Authorities realise that this resource could provide assistance during critical periods.
The next meeting between the authorites and social media companies is due to take place in November.
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