If you’re ever in an earthquake, hurricane, or attack from outer space, your friends on Facebook won’t have to worry about you because Facebook has released a new ‘Safety Check’ feature that alerts your friends and family of your status should you find yourself in the middle of a disaster situation.
It was the trauma of the 2011 tsunami and quake near northern Japan that got Facebook to thinking about this feature and it sure is welcome.
To use the feature just download Safety Check and Facebook will send notification of whether you’re in the area where a natural disaster has occurred. Facebook will then put a fix on your determined location based on what you chose as your home city you placed on your home page. You then click “I’m Safe” and you can also mark friends who are safe. The information will be sent to your news-feed.
This news feature will definitely be popular and used by people around the world. With disasters hitting every season, utilizing social networking is a good way to find out about loved ones and letting them know about yourself. You can also notify employers, and other people on your friends list on Facebook.
Parents can be rest assured that they’ll be able to contact their kids during a crisis and don’t forget about law enforcement and rescue workers as well as the military. Using a global alert system to let others know how you’re doing is the kind of peace of mind that no one is going to argue with.
This is just one step in the right direction of social media to provide a great service to the public. There’s no telling what else they’ve got up their sleeve.