Social Networking giant Facebook has introduce to the public a new Safety Check tool that is very simple to use and will notify friends in times of disaster. What is the first thing most of us do when something bad happen to you? You turn to your friends’ of-course either through the use of technology such as mobile phones or other means. Now contacting your friends and family one by one can be time-consuming, especially when your situation is very dire and you don’t have the time to update everyone on your status. Now with Facebook Safety Check feature you can simple update your status.
According to Facebook in its latest newsroom post “In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news.”
Safety Check is a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and check on others. This tool during major disaster will help you:
• Let friends and family know you’re safe
• Check on others in the affected area
• Mark your friends as safe
Safety Check tool works by triggering a push notification on devices that are near an affected area. Facebook will determines location from cities listed in profiles, last location from the Nearby Friends feature, or the city you’re connecting and using the internet from. If you are outside the affected area you can let Facebook know that you are not affected by the disaster and that you are save by simply hitting the ‘I’m safe’ button. This will then trigger a notification and News Feed story will be generated automatically.
The Safety Check tool also combines all check-ins into a bookmark feature, allowing Facebook users to check an area to make sure friends are safe.
Safety Check will be available worldwide on Facebook for iOS, Android, feature phones, and desktop.
The new was first thought of when Japan suffered a devastating tsunami in 2011 which affected more than 12.5 million people in Japan. Facebook’s Japanese engineers then decided to create a disaster message board so that persons can communicate with each other. This led Facebook developing Safety Check feature.
When disaster struck!!!!!!!!!!!! Let your friends know with Facebook Safety Check Tool