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As Hurricane Season Approaches, People Can Now Find Out How to Use New Technology to Cope in an Emergency.
San Francisco & Vancouver, June 18, 2012 – Today Ustream, the leader in live video streaming and Ayoudo, the network of trusted, local help are publishing their jointly authored guide on how to use social media during a crisis. The guide comes just ahead of hurricane season. Tomorrow at 10 am (PT) Ayoudo will be holding a live press conference via Ustream to announce the guide and answer any questions.
These days, when catastrophic events like earthquakes or hurricanes impact people, the first place they go for information and help is social media. But what is the fastest way to news, information and help? This is the question that the the guide answers.
“Whether it’s in conflict zones, natural disasters or public events, Ustream has been the place people turn when they need eyes and ears on the scene of breaking news.” Says Ruby Tugade, Senior Business Development Manager at Ustream. “ But now we also have the tools to bring help to people who need more than just facebook or twitter. This guide will show you how.”
The guide is designed to be distributed by news organizations and first responders to people impacted by crisis. It provides a list of valuable, life saving resources and tips on how to use social media during a crisis. The guide shows how to use twitter, facebook and other social networks to find out what’s happening, react and stay safe.
“People have access to amazing tools that let them work together in ways that were impossible even a few years ago,” says Michael Tippett, CEO of Ayoudo. “And now this technology can help people react collectively in a coordinated way during emergency situations. We’re very hopeful that this guide will help bring these powerful new apps to everyone who needs them.”
The guide is available on the web at:
With hurricane season just beginning this year will likely mark another milestone in the evolution of social media and even more people will use these new tools to cope during a crisis.
Ayoudo (www.ayoudo.com) lets you get help from trusted people close by. Using the web app or iphone app, anyone can ask for something or offer to help. Ayoudo shows who’s the most trusted person in the area and allows neighbors to connect online. People use the application to get help in the garden, tune up their home office and take care of life’s little emergencies. But the application can also play a critical role in getting help to people in a time of crisis.
Ustream Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream’s free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virility across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts and gamers, all which have contributed to Ustream’s Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service.” For more information, visitwww.ustream.com and follow Ustream’s socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).