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Facebook a vital tool to keeping people informed

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Email, smart phones, text messages, and facebook are all connections that help keep you informed, keep criminals off the streets, and keep more people ahead of the storm with the latest severe weather coverage.

In September, WALB connected with the community to clean up our streets, and put more criminals behind bars, because of your help through getting the word out.

Facebook really has become a necessary part of keeping all of us in the loop.

"Right now more than 40,000 people connect with WALB on Facebook, and many of those accounts are engaging with us each day. That's some serious community power," says Christian McKinney, Digital Content Director for WALB.

Severe weather takes that power to the next level, with storm reports and photos from where you live.

Tornadoes, flooding, and high winds compel us to record what's happening. And it's because of viewers, we are able to get more accurate information to the public.

Just last week, we were able to see what many of you were experiencing during last week's winter weather, and even connect with some former Albany residents who were immediately caught in the Atlanta ice storm that brought traffic to a halt.

"How we connect with everyone will no doubt change over the years to come, but the fact that we are connecting with people will remain fundamental to how we progress as a community," says McKinney.

And by the way, Facebook is commemorating its ten years on the web with a special personalized "look back" video.

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