Friday, February 13, 2015

The weekly read

Big snow in the social media age
The New Yorker Magazine
Feb. 11, 20915

The city of Boston has nearly topped its record snowfall for the month of February, and the shortest month of the year isn't yet half over. More than six feet of the fluffy white stuff has already fallen with more expected over the next few days and sub-freezing temperatures to ensure that it doesn't go anywhere.
Snow melters have been pressed into service to help clear overburdened parking lots
While this has created its share of travel and infrastructure nightmares in one of the country's oldest cities, it has been  an interesting experience on social media. This article, written by columnist Ian Crouch, addresses how Bostonians have turned to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms to share important information, commiserate about the unceasing snowfall and even find some humor in the situation.

Hang in there, residents of Boston, and take comfort in the fact that Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Fort Myers, Florida in one short week.

Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist
Pinellas County, Florida

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