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Snow and Social Media

February 5, 2014

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I live and work in the Southeast, so snow is an infrequent thing. We were among those caught in last week's "Snowmageddon," with my husband having to abandon his car a mile from home and walk the rest of the way, while it took me nearly two hours to pick up my child from school, normally about a 15- to 20-minute task.

What was interesting to me, as someone who grew up without computers or smartphones, was how much I depended on social media (Facebook and Twitter) to learn about what was going on. People were posting a lot of photos and information about conditions and what roads were impassable due to crashes and abandoned cars. I did, too, as I sat and waited to see if enough cars could get out of the way so I could get through. (I grew up further north so I was better able to drive in the stuff, although I was lucky I did not experienced some of the icy patches that can trip up even the most experienced drivers.)

As this new storm has been coming through, we've been retweeting a number of pix and tweets on our Twitter account, @HDTrucking. In case you've ever wondered what value social networking might have, here's a sampling:

Just remember, don't do this while you're trying to drive!

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Deborah Lockridge

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Truck journalist 21 years, joined us in 1998. Plans and coordinates editorial, specializes in maintenance, drivers and fleet operations.

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