As I was having a beer with a friend last night, I received a notification on Facebook. As many of us do, I checked it right away.
Here’s what it said:
I apologize to my friend Derrick in advance for using his (fake, by the way) safety post as an example for this blog, but I just don’t happen to have any friends that actually frequent the Himalayas – which is a good thing at the moment, I guess.
As we all know, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake that, including yesterday’s disastrous aftershock, sadly took the lives of thousands and left an already struggling country in a complete mess.
So, what happens when you do have a friend in Nepal during all of this? You want to know they’re okay, of course. Here’s where a new Facebook feature comes in. I’ll let Mr. Zuckerberg himself explain.
In short, Facebook Safety Check allows people to mark themselves “safe” if they find themselves in a situation where they need to tell people they’re okay quickly and efficiently.
My honest first thought?
It’s stupid. If you have a chance to actually access your Facebook profile, don’t you think you’d also have the ability to place a call, send a text or at least direct message your loved ones?
But then I thought about it.
This feature isn’t for letting Mom and Dad know you’re okay. This feature is so people like Derrick can let people like me know they’re okay.
I’ve known Derrick since High School. And while we were certainly friends back in the day, I rarely talk to him now. That being said, I probably also wouldn’t have known if he actually was in Nepal, so if he had been, this would have been a quick way for me to know he is okay. And as an old friend, I’d certainly appreciate it.
Good idea. I can dig it.
Facebook Safety Check is just one more addition to the smorgasbord of new, exciting and especially useful features we can find on social media today.
Now if there was only a way you could help the people of Nepal on Facebook, too….