Twitter has quietly added a new setting that lets any of your followers send you a direct message (DM). Previously, you had to be following anyone who wanted to DM you in order to receive the DM. It was a simple way of limiting spam and unwanted messages. So, what are the benefits of allowing anyone to DM you?
I like to think of myself as a Hurricane veteran. Growing up in Miami – hurricane capital of the US – I slept through a lot of hurricanes, including Hurricane Andrew. So, when Hurricane Sandy planned a trip to NYC I rolled my eyes – until I heard that Sandy would bring friends.
After diligently preparing to be without power for at least a week, I waited for Sandy. When it became risky to watch from a window, I turned to the internet. Using a collection of sites and digital tools, I was able to get an amazing bird’s-eye and ground view of Hurricane Sandy. These sites are helpful resources for anyone affected by a storm and for support volunteers looking for ways to help.
For me, these sites were especially useful for staying aware of the state of the NYC and New Jersey after Sandy hit. These tools can and should be used in any emergency whether local, national, or international.
Instagram is making headlines after their new TOS caused many to be concerned about uploading photos to the service. Follow the update, a vocal minority of users have deleted their accounts and others are considering doing the same. While Instagram falls from grace, Flickr stands ready to catch any user looking for a better alternative.