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April 20, 2007

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Technology has been used for good and bad following the recent tragedy. Most notably phenomena of the eBAy Vultures who put up site names for sale such as virginiatechshootings.com. One seller hope to get $1million for www.vatechmassacure.com by promising to give 98% to the victims families if they buy it now.

I applaud technology being able to give people a voice to share their grief and worries where otherwise they might be left alone. Having a mrs that is a psychologist I hear too many anecdotal stories of people losing the plot because they do not have an easy forum to talk. If the flip side of this is macabre capitalism then so be it – personally I think it’s a worthwhile trade-off.

My post backs this up.

Research suggests that sending bulk text messages in a time of emergency is the very last thing you'd want to do, bearing in mind it will likely block anyone trying to make a 999/911 call on their cellphone at about the same time.

Good point Lem.

I'd like to know what split Twitter has for its updates to followers. My guess is 60 per cent SMS, 30 per cent web or RSS and 10 per cent IM.

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