The terror attacks in Paris on the weekend were a series of tragic events that no human should have to endure, which sent the country into a national state of emergency and mourning in the hours after.
During and immediately after the events, Internet based service providers were able to show the public why the Internet is an instant medium for communication & coordination of those affected or those who were able to help in the time of needs.
Facebook & Twitter provided a communication platform for those who were closest to the incidents, providing the world with updates about what was occurring through status updates and tweets….along with emotional & historical images in the hours after the events. Facebook was also able to activate the emergency alerts system to put some minds at ease about family members visiting the country.
AirBnB the rent lodging website was able to contact it’s hosts in Paris asking if they were able to take any stranded people in straight after the events, providing those who were displaced somewhere to rest…Twitter users also pitched in using a common hashtag.
Google & Skype reduced expenses by offering free calls to Paris for those not in the country, wanting to hear the voice of their loved ones.
Uber did what they should always do in these situations and turned off surge pricing so people could get away from the areas affected in safety & without fear of chain reaction events on Public Transport.
While there has been some criticism for some of the organisations mentioned in the media across the week, we should be at least thankful of how technology has changed the way that all interactions during & after major events are handled.