Since Saturday, March 8th, mystery has surrounded the disaster of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The story has made headlines in newspapers, been top stories on news programs, and has no doubt been a topic of conversation for everybody.
Social media has also been a buzz of conversation about the mysterious disappearance of the flight. Many people are taking to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to ask questions and show their support for the people who were on the plane.
On March 9th, a Twitter account @MH370flight was created as a place for people to post pictures, thoughts, and prayers for the victims of the flight. In just 3 days, it has almost 3,500 followers and only 55 tweets. They use the hashtag #prayforMH370.
But not all messages about the flight on social media have been positive. Some controversy has stirred over a few tweets by celebrities and officials. Jason Briggs, an actor from the American Pie series and Orange is the New Black tweeted a joke about the ABC show The Bachelor and the flight disaster:
This made a lot of people on Twitter angry and even became news-worthy.
And let’s not forget the absurd conspiracy theories streaming around the internet including the Bermuda Triangle has moved, aliens abducted the plane, and the passengers are still alive living on an island enjoying life.
I first heard the news of the flight disappearance by a friend who posted about it on Facebook.
The power of social media to spread news, send support, and cause awareness is incredible. I am anxious to see how social media will continue to influence Malaysia Airline flight 370.