Snapchat has officially taken over. I woke up this morning at 7:00am to get ready for my bus ride back to NYC and received a text message from my friend saying, “There was a building explosion in NY.” I replied with saying “Well that’s not good.” I took my phone and Googled the incident using CNN via the internet. I watched what happened and sources said the explosion caused two buildings to collapse and ignited a large fire that spread to neighboring buildings. The news reported that almost everyone evacuated the building in addition to nineteen (19) people injured and at least one person was reported missing. How unfortunate I thought to myself, and then I was just thankful it was not near my mom’s job. Several years ago, NYC suffered from a terrorist attack and the loss of the two largest buildings, the Twin Towers. My mother used to work right near those buildings and though the explosion happened before 9:00 am, I was eager to assure myself that it was not near her current job location. The explosion was located in East Village, Manhattan. It was visible from several areas alerting all the locals of the issue – which brings me to my next point.
In route to New York (still in Newton, MA), I checked my Snapchat. Nothing out of the norm, I usually check it pretty frequent like any other user. As I scrolled down, there was a snap story with the “Big Apple” that said, “NYCLife1.” Believe it or not, I was a little surprised. Below are some pictures taken in real time, showing what everyone was doing during the explosion:
Snapchat provides instant news and information where viewers can observe what is going on from a distant [My being in Massachusetts], rather than having to read about it online or moments later after that damage is done. Personally, by observing the explosion via Snapchat, there was more insight available instantly about the incident rather than depending on the news and reporters, who tend to leave things out. The government does not completely inform us of everything that goes on and to watch a 200 second story on an event like this speaks more than just a thousand words. A key takeaway from this is such: individuals like ourselves have so much more power than we think. With a simple 10 second snap, I was able to gather more insight and view the happening via Snapchat even after reading an article that summarized the event in brief.
Snapchat is on the rise of being one of the best social media platforms, definitely surpassing Facebook and Instagram in my eyes. Not only has it made users communicate visually but it has made the world feel a lot smaller by embedding snaps and pictures from all over the world into a story line – making it easier to stay connected by all means.