We know that TV networks can only tell so much during their telecasts about a major event. As such, for a more on the ground report, people have turned to the Internet and more specifically social networking sites for coverage of current events.
Twitter has become a strong force in detailing breaking news such as hurricanes or earthquakes. But, the micro-blogging site is not alone in this ability and there are many other options available. Take for instance Instagram, which has also become a go to service for information on Hurricane Sandy which has been affecting cities along the east coast of the United States. So far, there are hundreds of thousands of individual pictures that Instagram users have uploaded which depict the devastation in their own local neighbourhoods.
Yesterday, we learnt from Kevin Systrom, the cofounder and CEO of Instagram, that ten Hurricane Sandy pictures are uploaded to Instagram every second and anyone that wants to look at these pictures can easily do so by searching for the hashtag #sandy. Since this report last night, the website Pocket Lint did their own study and has confirmed that the rate of upload has increased and that there are now 12.5 pictures of the hurricane being posted every second.