On March 11, 2011, Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people. That disaster, like important events that happen across the globe, was shared nearly instantaneously to wide audiences with the help of social media services such as Twitter. With a wireless device, broadcasting a tweet is as easy as using an app or sending an SMS message.
Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone describes how people are using their wireless devices and Twitter during emergencies to share their message around the world. As one of the keynote speakers at International CTIA WIRELESS® 2011, he also explains how Twitter was a major source of information for families, friends and the media following the earthquake and tsunami.