Listeners to Morning Edition on NPR this morning will have heard a report on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in grass-roots efforts at emergency coping in the California Wildfire crisis. The story described round-the-clock reporting emanating from an NPR affiliate (I think), a station that lost its own power due to the fire, but which benefited from the gracious decision of an entertainment station whose management decided that the best contribution they could make would be to broadcast the first station's signal. (The notion of public service apparently survives in the radio community of San Diego).
The Web 2.0 angle involves the use of Google's MyMaps and Twitter, used to provide what apparently became the most authoritative spatial coverage of fire damage in the area, and updating about it.
I couldn't find the link to the story on the NPR site, but a related story on MSNBC has some ineresting links.
I'm feeling less embarrassed all the time about admitting... yeah...I Twitter... you? Of course, there's still the difficulty of explaining it to your Mom.
A gracious reader Jodi Schneider, found the missing link to the story I allude to above. Thanks, Jodi (the Web is not only self organizing, but self editing as well!). I wish writing papers worked more like that.
Image: Water Capture by a succulent yard plant on my walk home.