When social media can literally save your life, that’s the day it becomes so much more than entertainment. Facebook turned on its “safety check” button after Friday’s attacks in Paris, so users could alert their friends and family that they were, indeed, safe. According to Mashable, over four million people used the button. Those notifications were sent to over 360 million to let them know they were unharmed.
Zuckerberg caught some heat for activating the button now, versus any other time. The Facebook founder made a statement explaining why:
“We chose to activate Safety Check in Paris because we observed a lot of activity on Facebook as the events were unfolding. In the middle of a complex, uncertain situation affecting many people, Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones. We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we’ve never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”
There’s a lot of funny/motivational/inspirational tweeters out there, so why not show how much you appreciate them beyond a simple retweet? The new iPhone app, One Cash, will let you tip tweeters $1. The only hitch is that person you are sending money to has to have an account with One Cash as well. A tweet will appear in the user’s notifications, but if they don’t accept the cash within a week, you’ll get your money back. So no love lost, right? Check out One Cash here.
If you’re a millennial who thinks smartphones aren’t for your grandparents, you might want to change your tune. According to the Daily Dot, DoSomething.org is teaming up with Nev Schulman to get teens to help senior citizens learn how to use smartphones. The initiative is called “Grandparents Gone Wild,” and it was started because smartphones “improve the health of older adults.” If you sign up, you’ll get facts on why older people using smartphones is so important, and you’ll also be entered to win $10,000. Plus, you’ll get to spend time with your grandparents, and we’re sure they’ll appreciate it so much.