Aotearoa People's Network

Twitter and natural disasters

APNK and Twitter iconIn last week's post I mentioned that during one of our recent aftershocks, while on helpdesk duty, Keiran tweeted from underneath her desk to say that... well, she was underneath her desk, thereby alerting the partner libraries that follow our account that there was a bit of an issue and that she might not be able to answer the phone just at the moment.

Would she have been able to send an email, or update the status page on our website from there? Well, no, she wouldn't. While APNK staff have access to laptops and desktop PCs that are excellent methods of communication in most instances they don't really cut the mustard for "below desk" messaging.

That's one of the reasons why Twitter can be a very handy way of communicating since tweets can be sent from a mobile phone. That's why, if you're interested in keeping abreast of APNK, and staying in touch (even during an emergency) then following our Twitter account is probably a good idea.

In the unlikely event that our network goes down completely (it doesn't happen very often but in these wobbly times anything is possible), there's a good chance that we'll still be able use the mobile network to send tweets even if APNK HQ loses its power and/or Internet feed.

True, we might not be able to say more than "the network is down but the ceiling isn't" but in the end if staff at APNK sites get the message that there's a problem and can pass that on to their customers then hopefully that will cut down on stress and confusion (at least on that end of things).

So I guess what we're saying here is "follow us on Twitter". You don't even have to sign up to Twitter with your own account to do this. You can simply add the following Twitter feed to your RSS reader - - and lo, feel the wobbles with us.

Mind you, we don't only tweet about aftershocks and outages. We also answer questions, share library tech stuff we come across, and post news about what's happening around the network - a little bit of everything, really.




Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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