Social Networking Helps Stranded Passengers

Social Networking has emerged as an essential tool this week for stranded passengers.

The increased strain on travel information websites from online enquiries caused many passengers to turn to Facebook and Twitter as an alternative source of information.

Television presenter Dan Snow organised a Calias rescue service using Twitter while "The Swedish Carpool Movement" used Facebook to organise Europe-wide carpooling.

Many Twitter users searched by tags such as #getmehome, #stranded and, for those who had given up trying, #putmeup.

While some used the service to try and organise lift sharing, others simply passed on the latest information about airports and flight delays.

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jen Stoltenberg who has been stranded in New York, has been reportedly running his country using an Apple iPad mobile in the airport executive lounge.

The founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, has been sending many tweets about his adventures in trying to get from London to Valencia for the Festival of Media conference.

Those travelling in the opposite direction were offered what seemed a high price for salvation via #getmehome on Twitter: "Bus from London to Copenhagen, departure Monday 19th April approx 18:00. Price €250."

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