- Ascertaining facts, squashing rumors.
- Organizing help for those who tweeted for it.
- Asking people to minimize use of phone and rely on social networking and messaging, to keep lines free.
- Advising people as to what to do – ranging from staying where they are when the police wanted the roads to be free of traffic for movement of emergency vehicles, to Tweeting updates on the condition of roads to facilitate smooth movement.
- When people were advised to stay where they were, hundreds of people freely offered their homes and resources to assist those who may need a place to stay. Accommodations ranged from humble bachelor pads to homes with families and even some office spaces.
- A blog was setup within an hour of the tragedy to assist coordination of information.
- Someone took the initiative to compile all the offers of havens to stay and other help in one database according to locality.
- Others spread information on blood donation needs
- Clear thinking minds provided advice to keep heads clear and people out of trouble. Uncountable volunteers made sure it spread far and wide. People helping spread the information ranged from Mumbai, to India, pakistan and the rest of the world in a few cases.
- Others compiled rescue and hospital related information – Police helplines, hospital phone numbers, etc
- Mid Day did a splendid job of confirming rumors and tweeting only verified information, which was a big help in keeping things sane.
- Some offered to coordinate finding out about people their families couldn’t reach and vice versa.
You speak as though a hero can’t weep. Yes, Mumbai weeps her torment, and aids her own and stands in fierce defiance.
Founder at Aam Janata
Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
Latest posts by Vidyut (see all)
- Checking the latest provisional data from the Election Commission of India (with map) - June 8, 2019
- Comparison of Constituency-level “votes polled” & “votes counted” data #GeneralElections2019 #InteractiveMap - June 5, 2019
- A scathing indictment of the once respected, now suspected Election Commission of India - June 5, 2019