Islamabad - The flooding in Pakistan and U.S. relief efforts will not only be covered by traditional Pakistani media sources, but also through popular social media networking sites, "Facebook," "Flickr," and "Youtube." Pakistan's online media community and citizen reporters can also receive up-to-date information on U.S. flood relief efforts through the U.S. Embassy's website (islamabad.usembassy.gov).
Pakistan's "Facebook" community can follow U.S. flood relief activities on the U.S. Embassy's Facebook page, found at (http://www.facebook.com/pakistan.usembassy). The State Department "Youtube" website, (http://www.youtube.com/StateDepartment), will provide videos of speeches and of U.S. efforts to assist flood victims in Pakistan. U.S. relief efforts will also be covered via the Department of State's "Flickr" page, at (http://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos).
in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan Aug. 5, 2010.
Humanitarian relief and evacuation missions are being conducted
as part of the disaster relief efforts to assist Pakistanis
in flood-stricken regions of the nation.
(DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Horace Murray, U.S. Army/Released)
Meanwhile, buried in the Latest Embassy News are the following items, mostly not published in its Facebook page.
- Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster (08/09/2010)
- U.S. Dispatches Disaster Assistance Team (08/09/2010)
- U.S. Helicopters Resume Flood Relief Operations (08/09/2010)
- U.S. Rushing Assistance to Pakistan through Relief Organizations (08/08/2010)
- U.S.-Pakistan Joint Statement: Pakistan-United States Defense Consultative Group Meeting (08/06/2010)
- Fact Sheet: U.S. Response To Pakistan's Flooding Disaster (08/06/2010)
Granted that its Facebook page only has 2,130 fans at this time, but by not reposting the embassy's disaster relief activities ... well, I don't know how this is different from the pre-social media days. Do I think this is a missed opportunity? For sure. But also hoping this is just growing pains. After all, US Mission Pakistan will soon have 22 public affairs officers. Some of those surely will be handling the new media portfolio. We'll see ... we'll be watching ....