Facebook corporate-communications associate Malorie Lucich wrote a post on the Facebook Blog discussing how the social-networking site’s News Feed enabled her to follow two earthquakes — a minor one near Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and the devastating one that hit Haiti.
Lucich discussed Facebook efforts by news organizations including ABCNews.com, France 24, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, CBS News, CNBC, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and USA Today.
Highlights from Lucich’s post:
When the earthquake hit Haiti, victims in the area, news affiliates, and people around the world used Facebook to learn what was happening, connect with loved ones and quickly disseminate information. ABCNews.com and France 24 added Facebook live-stream boxes to their sites to enable people to share their feelings on the disaster and relief efforts, and publish it back to their Facebook status. Meanwhile, The New York Times created a special Facebook Page dedicated to Haiti coverage, resources, and updates from their reporters on the ground.
Just as your friends can post news throughout the day, so do many news outlets. By connecting with their Facebook Pages, you can stay updated and interact with outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and CNN, and directly with reporters and anchors such as Katie Couric of the CBS Evening News and CNBC’s Nicole Lapin.
You can even create a “News” list to filter news-oriented Pages into one view on your News Feed. Simply add relevant Pages to the list, just as you would with a friends list. The next time you sign on to Facebook, you can click the “News” filter to see stories from all of the news outlets of which you’ve become a fan.