EMERGENCY SERVICE Fire warnings on social media

FIRE and emergency authorities may soon use sites like Instagram and Facebook to warn people about bushfires, an information systems expert says.

Katina Michael, associate professor at the school of information systems and technology at the University of Wollongong, says people are increasingly using micro-blogging sites, like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to record bushfires.

``In the future we might even have emergency service organisations tapping into this social media capability . . . and using this user-generated content to respond to disasters . . .'' she said.

Citation: January 23, 2013, "EMERGENCY SERVICE Fire warnings on social media", The Advertiser, p. 18.