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Alone, together: Snowed in, in the age of hashtags

Hamden, Conn. (AP) â?? East Coast woke under a blanket of snow this weekend and collective experience documented in numerous social and mobile inv...

 

Hamden, Conn. (AP) â?? East Coast woke under a blanket of snow this weekend and collective experience documented in numerous social and mobile inventions of the last decade. Facebook, Twitter and other technologies make it increasingly difficult to remain isolated â?? Even if you’re stuck at home alone.

“The funny thing is that I actually checked my Instagram feed before I looked out my window,” said Eric Witz, who lives in Medford, Massachusetts

Saturday, Witz posted a photo of his car stuck in a “snowstorm 6 feet tall.” “I always have my phone with me. So check these things is something I instinctively when I wake up,” he said. “It’s probably me sad social media © cliché, but it’s the truth.”

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Call it what you want:. The Storm hashtag snow, or the latest Snowpocalypse Snowtorious BIG Whiteout weekend was a life away from the storm of 1978, not only a world without social media, but without endless warnings Weather Channel and the life line of mobile phones. Even the last two years have revolutionized the way we receive information. We went from text to photos and videos taken on smartphones and we can not let go.

Kathy Tracy was in secondary school when the blizzard famous Westhaven, Conn., got 35 years ago. She still lives there today and some things have not changed. The snow is still snow, and people are still waiting in the streets, to be approved by the hope there is enough food and toilet paper to get out.

“The roads were so bad that my father and I took a sleigh and walk two miles to the supermarket,” says Tracy recalling the ’78 storm that left up to 27 inches of snow on the northeast.

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obtain ’78 snowstorm meant turn on the radio or watch the evening news. This weekend, Tracy said she turned to Twitter and news nonstop to stay. Also a meteorologist on Facebook and follow updates from CNN, The Wall Street Journal and other media.

Although Tracy spoke to a reporter on the phone on Sunday, she was still waiting for the snow plow trucks to three feet of packed snow storm clearly its neighbors. But the information at hand stuck at home a little more bearable.

“I think it’s better that you’re not sitting here waiting for news 06 hours, waiting to see what happens,” she said.

However, whatever the age, where you live, there are a number of treatments for cabin fever.

“You still have to deal with waiting for the team,” said Tracy.

people in North plow trucks is expected, wild flights resume or just trying to set the time that the storm is dead, she picked away on their smartphones and tablets to document almost every inch of snow. On Facebook, references to the word snow jump 15 times earlier in the week, the company said, although no specific figures. On Sunday, one of the most used words in status updates was “no school tomorrow,” as the students and parents shared updates rejoiced together.

Instagram people used the hashtag “Nemo” (unofficial name for the Weather Channel Storm) 583,641 times describing their photos from Sunday afternoon depending Venue Seen, a company that helps businesses track marketing campaigns Instagram. property The Facebook photo sharing site where Witz a photo posted that her sister Hamden, Connecticut, one of the areas most affected, sent by 40 feet of snow.

“I love Instagram, because it gives you a more personal level, the direct meaning of the experience of people in real time,” he said. “I am one of the few people who really like to see what strange people in the world are eating and drinking.”

It’s easy to get nostalgic about how things have changed since the blizzard of ’78 when it comes to the speed of the information and the manner in which it is consumed. But the changes remain.

“What struck me at this moment, and (Superstorm) Sandy, it’s not until people sharing information, but they were photos and videos to share,” said Steve Jones, a professor online culture and communication studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “You get a different perspective of what you could out of mere words.”

Indeed, says Ranvir Gujral, co-founder of the fall, a startup in San Francisco that helps businesses to user-generated content on their websites and mobile applications, “we are in the middle of a visual revolution.”

The San Francisco company has worked with NBC to launch Storm Grams, a site where people can share Instagram photos of the storm using a common hashtag. The photos are organized by location, situated on a “heat map” that the states most active parts of red pits.

countless mobile applications to encourage the taking of photographs, Gujral said, adding that much because it’s online, so thirsty for the endless stream of images, because there never was a more large supply of it.

what is lost in this endless stream of snow updates, Instagram photos and Facebook Serendipity news, says Jones. Ing people and share a moment one?? Offlineâ?? as events unfold.