3 Ways Social Media Can Help You Survive a Zombie Attack

This blog is the fifth in a week long experimental blog series. Enjoy. After all is said and done, we’ll let you know how it went.

In case of a zombie outbreak, these are the only tools I have to equip you with to keep you alive: social networking tools.

3. YouTube: Because a zombie apocalypse is definitely meme-worthy.

With 20 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, you can bet (as long as load/processing times cooperate) that you’ll be able to find a video of someone’s zombie transformation with 80,000 views already within the hour of it occurring. If you happen to be one of the first witnesses, take advantage of YouTube’s current glitch in automatic closed captioning to reach the rest of us and fool any zombies that might be watching.

If you don’t have a high-speed connection, however, maybe it would be best to do your homework in advance and learn these helpful techniques to blending in with the brain-starved undead lurking about. (If you don’t have high-speed internet by this point you may/or may not be a zombie already. Please contact your doctor for more information.)

2. Twitter Local Trends: See how the outbreak spreads

We’ve talked about Trending Topics before – and local trending topics. If there is news of a zombie outbreak, you can be sure to watch the wave of infection spread from coast to coast monitoring different region’s topics. You’ll know them when you see them (#thehorror, #saveusall, #zombieJustinBiebercaneatmybrains, etc.)

1. Foursquare: If the undead are checking in at Panera, you’ll know to stay away.

As the mobile market booms, social networks have grown to go with you when you leave your computer behind. Location-based social sites like Foursquare and Gowalla are meant to go with you and your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Palm as an app to let you check-in with your friends to let them know where you are around town.

Keith just became MAYOR of Panera Bread!

Jimmy just became MAYOR of Panera Bread!

The important thing to remember when using location-based social media is to keep these networks limited to people you know and trust, rather than trying to build up followers and friends like other social mediums.

The important thing to remember when using location-based social media during a zombie apocalypse is to stop checking-in.