Yesterday was a horrible night for the people of Paris, France. But how did social media help people out yesterday.
Facebook activated its Safety Check tool, which allows users in an area affected by a crisis to mark themselves or others as safe. Facebook created the tool to help in times of crisis, a spokeswoman, Anna Richardson White, said on Saturday, and it has activated it five times in the last year after natural disasters. But this was the first time it was activated for something like this, she said.
Twitter quickly turned into a message board on Friday night with information to help people in Paris get to safety. The hashtag #PorteOuverte — “open door” — became a vehicle for offering shelter to those in Paris who needed it. A Twitter spokesman, Christopher Abboud, said on Saturday that there were one million tweets with the hashtag in 10 hours.