As Hurricane Sandy unfolded over the weekend, people up and down the East Coast used social media to follow every one of its moves.
Schools, businesses and public transportation were shut down in many areas, but as long as people have power and battery life in their mobiles and tablets, they were tuning in at home and keeping pace with latest developments via Twitter and Facebook.
Many government officials and agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have taken full advantage of the power of these social networks, using them to keep people updated on the storm, as well as providing advice on how to survive it. FEMA on Monday morning tweeted to more than 157,000 followers that, "Phone lines may be congested during/after #Sandy. Let loved one know you are OK by sending a text or updating your social networks."