MySpace Adds A Hurricane Tracking Widget; Partners with Department of Homeland Security

Posted Sep 5, 2008

“What you are seeing us doing with DHS and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is the beginning of bigger things to come in the future,” stated MySpace chief security officer Hemanshu Nigam.

News Corporation (NYSE:NWS) subsidiary, has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to provide information regarding hurricanes through the social network. This is especially important right now as many of those in New Orleans are evacuating in anticipation of being struck by Hurricane Gustav.

There is a widget available for all MySpace users that links their profile pages to federal information about how to find dislocated hurrican victims and how to help any victims. There is also ways to track of any other upcoming hurricanes.

“Tragedy often inspires people to do great things and this has happened here,” added Nigam. “It’s powerful and it’s using the power of the Web 2.0 media world to its fullest.”

The AFP has additional details.