East Coast Instagram users have been sharing their experience with Frankenstorm as they upload 10 Hurricane Sandy photos per second.
With the invent of Twitter, Instagram, and other instantaneous sharing social media, users have been able to update their friends, followers, and the world about the events that are unfolding along the East Coast as Super storm Sandy continues to make its way on land.
While there could actually be more photos being uploaded, 10 images per second are being uploaded to the world with the hashtag #Sandy.
Instagram CEO Kevin Safstrom spoke to Mashable through a spokesperson, saying:
“I think this demonstrates how Instagram is quickly becoming a useful tool to see the world as it happens –- especially for important world events like this.”
While Twitter and Storify have already been accepted as serious social platforms for hard news, like when major storms hit, Instagram is normally used to post artsy photos, instead of documenting a major storm.
Not all of the photos being shared are real, however, as at least seven fake photos have gained brief viral fame, including a moving photo of three infantrymen dressed in their fill uniforms guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was later confirmed as taken in September.
While the amount Hurricane Sandy Instagram photos is massive, it is just a small amount of the coverage social media users have posted of the record-breaking storm.
Author: Melissa Stusinski
Melissa grew up in the Seattle area, but moved to Indiana to attend Anderson University in 2005 and was editor at the school’s Literary Arts Magazine for two years. When she isn’t focused on writing, Melissa enjoys working on cars, gaming, and exploring new places. [Contact: Melissa@socialnewsdaily.com]