In a surprisingly novel twist, social media actually helped save lives. A typhoon recently hit Manila, the capital of Philippines creating havoc.

At this point people used facebook ,twitter etc. to communicate about the flood and provide safety tips.


Twitter tops the list of social tools used by many Filipinos to disseminate information during the tragic event. Flood victims trapped on rooftops or on upper floors of their houses called friends and loved ones to rescue them or to say they were safe.


Around 1.5 million of Filipinos are on Facebook. Many of them exchanged information, relayed valuable updates and called for help and donations through their status updates.

Google Docs

A “How/Where to Help Out Ondoy Victims” Google Docs spreadsheet detailed how to donate and participate in rescue efforts.