Archive for November 18th, 2010

A Time to Tweet and a Time to Refrain from Tweeting

November 18, 2010

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, was giving a presentation at the University of Southern California yesterday afternoon when he collapsed.  The good news is that the “Science Guy” is OK.  The bad news is the reaction of the crowd.

Instead of rushing to his aid, the first reaction of the crowd was to take out their phones and tweet, text, or do some other social media posting.

Doing nothing is a common reaction during emergencies.  The first thing taught in first aid training is how to decide how to go into action.  However, I don’t think posting that someone has collapsed is ever the proper first response.